published on September 21, 2017 - 12:42 PM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

The public’s input is being sought on a proposal to increase by $10 the costs of annual entry passes to Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks.

The current price for those passes is $50, and if approved, the new $60 price would take effect at the start of 2018.

The parks’ entry fees for individual visits — $30 per vehicle, $15 per person on foot and $25 per motorcycle — wouldn’t change.

“This action is taken to bring the price of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Annual Pass in line with similar national parks, like Death Valley, Olympic, and Mount Rainier,” states a National Park Service press release.

“Fees collected from the sale of the pass will be used to address deferred maintenance needs within Sequoia and Kings Canyon, as well as [to] present educational programming and conserve wildlife and giant Sequoia groves.”

It goes on to say that park fees will go to pay for replacing the roof at Lodgepole Visitor Center, upgrading restrooms to meet accessibility requirements for disabled visitors and repairing sections of the John Muir and Pacific Crest trails.

“The parks are interested in hearing your thoughts about the increase in the parks’ specific annual pass,” states the press release, which goes on to say that comments can be made online at the Park Service’s Planning, Environment and Public Comment website.

Comments also can be faxed to 559-565-4202 or sent by standard mail to the following address:

Superintendent, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
Attn:  Annual Pass Fee Increase
47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers, Calif. 93271.
All comments must be submitted online or postmarked by Oct. 4.

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