Some Complain About Increase in Park Fees

Some Complain About Increase in Park Fees

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Higher fees to enter state and national parks has some residents questioning whether public parks are becoming too expensive.

As Labor Day weekend winds down the summer tourist season, fees to visit Utah's parks are rising.

Arches and Canyonlands national parks will double their entrance fees to $20 starting in January, Hovenweep and Natural Bridges national monuments will go from $6 per vehicle to $10 and $15, respectively, while visitors to Bryce Canyon and Zion national parks began paying $25 per vehicle in January, a $5 increase.

The Utah State Division of Parks and Recreation also intends to raise day-use fees $1 to $3 at 17 of its sites beginning in January.

Park officials say they need the fees to maintain the parks.

Information from: Deseret Morning News

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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