According to the agency's news release: "The peak season for each park would be defined as its busiest contiguous five-month period of visitation," meaning various parks will be subjected to the price hikes at different times. Even though it's enough to spike your economic anxiety, the price hikes have not been finalized.
Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke said of the news: "We need to have the vision to look at the future of our parks and take action in order to ensure that our grandkids' grandkids will have the same if not better experience than we have today. Shoring up our parks' aging infrastructure will do that.”
Parks that would see their admissions fees increase on May 1, 2018 are listed below:
- Bryce Canyon
- Grand Canyon
- Grand Teton
- Sequoia & Kings Canyon
- Zion National Parks
But that's not all: Acadia, Mount Rainier, Rocky Mountain, and Shenandoah National Parks would see their admissions jump by June 1, 2018, under the proposal, while Joshua Tree National Park would be subjected to the price hike "as soon as practicable in 2018," according to the agency.