National Parks have many needs in demand: improve infrastructure, replacement of aged water pipelines, in general, parks need upgrades from now and then. It doesn’t come as a surprise that the National Park Service is planning to raise prices in some of their parks entrance fees. In total, 115 out of their 401 units might be affected by this increase next year.

Today we share with you some information on this recent news and also we inform you of the current prices in Colorado’s National Parks. Mile Hi Rafting Company, just 30 minutes from Denver, offers outdoor adventure for outdoor and hunting enthusiasts. We offer ATV and UTV tours and full overnight camping excursions; and help you plan your perfect outdoor adventure!

2015 possible entry fee price increase

Around 130 national park units are currently charging an entry fee, and they keep approximately 80% of these fees to be used for the park’s best interest. As any other office does, parks units need maintenance and repairs. Also, don’t forget that a big part of this income goes towards the preservation of resources. The National Parks Service is first proposing this increase to seek public’s reaction. Some parks that could be affected are Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Zion, Sequoia and others. The proposal caps the entrance fee at $30 per vehicle (it ranges from $20-$25 in most parks) or $15 per person. Other prices, such as visitors on motorcycles or bicycles and annual passes might end up changing, as well.

Colorado Parks and their current prices

There are 4 main National Parks in Colorado: Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, Mesa Verde National Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. There are also two recreational areas (Arapaho and Curecanti) and many other monuments, historic sites, forests and wilderness areas in Colorado. One of the most visited park is the Rocky Mountain National Park and its current entrance fee per vehicle is $20, for seven consecutive days. Pedestrians, bicycles and motorcycles pay $10 per person.  Other parks entrance fees range from $3-$8 per person, and start at $10 per vehicle.  All parks offer annual passes and special passes for senior citizens, persons with disabilities and military passes.

Garden of the Gods by Mariusz Zielezny
Photo Credit: National Parks Service by Mariusz Zielezny



Mile Hi Rafting’s convenient location makes it an ideal destination for day trips and vacations.  Whether you are heading out for your day of adventure or coming back from one-stop by for an ATV tour to finish your day. We offer child and group discounts. Come see us for your next adventure!

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