Denali National Park entrance fees to increase in May
It will cost park-goers a little extra to get into Denali National Park and Preserve this summer.
According to the National Parks Service (NPS), entrance fees at the 112 parks that charge for admission across the U.S. are increasing on May 1 to help fund infrastructure and maintenance for parks.
At Denali National Park and Preserve, the new fee will be $15 per person for a seven-day pass, an increase of $5. A Denali-specific annual pass — good for unlimited entry to the park for four adults — was also upped $5 to now cost $45.
According to the NPS website, the agency operates 419 parks, monuments, historic and cultural sites around the U.S. The fees will help pay for $11.6 billion in deferred maintenance across the park system.
In the announcement, the NPS stated 80% of a park's fees stay within the park they are collected. In Denali, past money has been used for a new entrance sign and a free-run pen at the park's kennels. Besides giving the dogs a place to run, the pen also lets visitor see the dogs play. According to the agency's website, the remaining 20% goes to fund parks don't collect fees.
The price of the "America the Beautiful" pass series will stay the same, which includes the annual pass and lifetime senior pass that cost $80 apiece. Other discounted passes are available for senior citizens, active-duty military, fourth-grade students and disabled citizens.
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