The National Park Service is thinking about increasing the cost of admission to The Black Canyon of The Gunnison National Park.

As many of you know I'm a huge fan of the National Parks. I have a season pass and I'm out at the parks as often as I can make it. The National Park Service is considering raising the cost of admission to The Black Canyon of The Gunnison from $15 per car for a seven-day pass to $25.

Ray Michaels

Also under consideration is an increase in individual per-person passes, for hikers and bicyclists. That fee would increase from $7 to $12. And that's not all, an annual pass would increase from $30 to $50. There is no plan to increase the camping cost at this time.

Ray Michaels

Don't get me wrong, the parks are a bargain at any price, however, if we truly want everyone to feel welcome there has to be a limit on how much we can charge for admission. The National Parks belong to us. The taxpaying citizens of this great country. Keeping admission fees reasonable is imperative.

Ray Michaels

"We are committed to keeping the park affordable, but we also want to provide visitors with the best possible experience," says Superintendent Bruce Noble. The additional cost would go back into maintaining the park, visitor center, and the campgrounds.

Ray Michaels

The National Park Service is asking for your feedback. The public comment period is now open through July 4th. Again, the parks belong to us, the people. We have a say it how they are managed. Please take time and make your thoughts known. You can do so by clicking HERE.

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