Yosemite, CA — The cost to enter Yosemite National Park will soon go up, but it is not what the NPS initially proposed.
Yosemite was planning to increase the cost for a single car into the park from the current $20 up to $30. During a civic engagement period, the park received 2,430 e-mails in response, 1,222 comments via social media, and 16 mailed letters. Yosemite has decided to increase the rate to $30 only during the peak months of April through October. The remaining portion of the year will cost $25.
“We want to thank all the members of the public that submitted input,” says Don Neubacher, Yosemite Superintendent. “Based on the public comments received, the park was able to make some important modifications to the final proposal.”
Neubacher says the rate hike is needed to keep up with inflation. It is one of several additional costs that will go into effect on March 1st. The price to enter on a motorcycle will increase from the current $10 up to $15. There will also be additional costs associated with campsites.