Public input sought for proposed rate increases

MT. RAINIER – Mount Rainier National Park is seeking feedback on proposed fee increases to be implemented as early as 2015.

Mount Rainier became the fifth national park in 1899, and was the first to admit vehicles for a fee in 1907. In 1996 the fee was increased from $5 per vehicle to $10, and by 2006 it reached $15, where it has remained.

This fee provides entry for all occupants in a single vehicle for seven consecutive days.

Entrance fees are not charged for holders of a variety of passes, including the Interagency Pass, the Military Pass and the Senior Pass.

In order to provide funding necessary for key projects and programs, all 131 fee-collecting national park sites are now evaluating fee increases.

The current National Park Service fee program allows Mount Rainier to retain up to 80 percent of fees collected in the park. This revenue makes it possible for the park to provide many essential services, including repair and maintenance of visitor facilities, capital improvements, resource protection and amenities.

The entrance fee at both Mount Rainier and Olympic National Parks is proposed to increase to $25 for a seven-day vehicle pass.

Mount Rainier is also seeking to increase camping fees to $20 per night for any park campsite. A 2014 campground comparability analysis confirmed that the current park rates, which presently range from $12 to $15 per night, are significantly lower than some public and private campsites outside of the park.

The public is invited to provide feedback on Mount Rainier National Park’s proposed fee increases either electronically via the planning, environment and public comment website at parkplanning.nps.gov/rainierfees by Dec. 31, or via regular mail at: Superintendent, Mount Rainier National Park, 55210 238th Ave. East, Ashford, WA  98304.



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