Update: In April, after considering 109,000 comments received from the public, the National Park Service announced it was abandoning its proposed fee hikes (highlighted below) and would instead increase fees by $5, effective June 1, 2018.
A proposed National Park Service (NPS) hike in entry fees could impact hundreds of thousands of visitors to two parks in AMC’s region: Acadia in Maine and Shenandoah in Virginia. The plan, aimed to reduce an $11 billion infrastructure backlog, would increase revenues by $70 million per year, according to NPS. But the sharp uptick in fees could mean fewer visitors. The cost for a family in a car to enter one park would increase from $25 to $70 during peak season (June–October). In a national study by Outdoors Alliance for Kids, 64 percent of respondents said they would be less likely to visit a park if NPS adopted the rate hike. AMC submitted a letter in opposition to the plan during the public comment period. One rate would remain unchanged: The NPS annual pass, accepted at all 118 sites that charge a fee, would still cost $80.