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Fee Increase for Glen Canyon, but No Living Wage in Page

December 22
07:35 2014

Kayak Lake PowellAt a time when much of the general working population in Page is barely (or not) earning a living wage, they must now brace for a fee increase for the one local recreational enjoyment they have:  the use of the Glen Canyon Recreational Area.

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is proposing an increase to entrance, camping, and boat use fees in accordance with direction from the National Park Service.  GCNRA has authorized all park units to conduct “stakeholder outreach through civic engagement to gauge support for possible fee changes.”

Open House

The public is encouraged to attend an open house to learn more about the proposed fee changes on January 14, 2015 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Headquarters, 691 Scenic View Road in Page, AZ.

Comment Period: 12/19/2014 – 01/31/2015

Go here to submit your comment

In a press release from the Glen Canyon Recreational Area, the need for an increase is explained:

Over the years, costs to maintain infrastructure and facilities that support the visitor experience have increased. The additional revenue from the proposed fee increase would be used to enhance visitor services, including courtesy docks, boat pump-out facilities, aids to navigation, and lake access. Visitors would also benefit from new hiking trails and rehabilitation of existing hiking trails, campground rehabilitation, new and rehabilitated backcountry campsites, graffiti and trash removal, a new water treatment plant at Lees Ferry, enhanced protection of cultural and natural resources, and additional interpretive media and ranger programs. Additional revenue would also be used to fund very expensive projects that maintain lake access during fluctuating water levels, such as ramp extensions and the Castle Rock cut.

The proposed new fee rates would be phased-in annually over three years beginning in May of 2015. This new rate structure would bring Glen Canyon in line with other large park units in the region.

We are committed to keeping Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Rainbow Bridge National Monument affordable, however, we also want to provide visitors with the best possible experience”, said Superintendent Todd Brindle, “80% of the additional fee revenue would stay at the park and help provide a margin of excellence to the visitor experience through enhanced and improved facilities, infrastructure, and programs.” — Superintendent Todd Brindle

The public is encouraged to submit comments in writing between December 19,2014 and January 31, 2015. Written comments will be accepted in the following ways:

E-mail:   [email protected]
Website: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/glca_fee_increase

Mail:       Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
Attn: Park Planning
PO Box 1507, Page, AZ 86040
Fax:        928-608-6204

For further questions and information please contact Fee Manager Jim O’Sickey at 928-608-6200.

National Park Services states that all comments received in writing by January 31, 2015 will be compiled for consideration before a final decision is made.

Fee Increase Schedule

Entrance and Boat Use Fees                  Current Fee        May 2015      March 2016       March 2017

Private Vehicle Entrance                             $15                    $20                   $25                     $30

Motorcycle Entrance                                    $10                    $15                   $20                     $25

Individual Entrance                                      $ 7                     $10                   $12                     $15

Annual Glen Canyon Pass                          $30                    $40                   $50                     $60

Weekly Boat Permit                                    $16                     $20                   $25                     $30

Annual Boat Permit                                     $30                    $40                   $50                     $60

 

Camping Fees                                          Current Fee        May 2015      March 2016       March 2017

Lees Ferry campground                              $12                    $16                   $18                     $20

Lone Rock Beach (per vehicle)                   $10                    $12                   $14                     $16
Primitive Camping (all other sites)              $ 6 per person   $ 8 per vehicle  $10 per vehicle   $12 per vehicle

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