Grand Canyon National Park Announces Fee Increases
May 15, 2015
Effective June 1, Grand Canyon National Park will increase park entrance fees and the cost of overnight backcountry permits. The current park entrance fees have been in place since 2006. Grand Canyon began charging for overnight backcountry permits in 1997 and last modified backcountry fees in 2000.
Single Vehicle, Motorcycle, Annual Pass, Other
The single vehicle entrance fee will change from $25 to $30 for a seven day pass. The motorcycle entrance fee will increase to $25 for a seven day pass. The current rate of $12 per person entering the park via Grand Canyon Railway, the park shuttle bus, private rafting trip, by walking or riding a bicycle will increase to $15. Grand Canyon National Park's annual pass will increase from $50 to $60. This increase does not affect commercial entrance fees.
Entrance Fees Waived, Not Affected
Entrance fees are not charged to persons under 16 years of age or holders of the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Annual, Senior, Access, or Military Passes. These passes may be obtained at the park. The interagency passes, honored at all federally managed land units, are not affected by the entrance fee increase and will remain at $80 for the Interagency Annual Pass, $10 for the Senior Pass, and free for the Access or Military passes.
Overnight Backcountry Permits
The cost recovery charge for overnight backcountry permits will increase June 1, for permits issued starting on or after October 1, 2015. The new charge will be $10 per backcountry permit (same as present), plus a nightly charge of $8 per person or stock animal camping below the rim and each group camping above the rim in designated backcountry camping areas.
This increase does not affect camping fees at Mather, Desert View, or the North Rim campgrounds.
All backcountry permit revenue pays actual costs for running and staffing Grand Canyon's permit offices and Backcountry Information Centers. This adjustment and decisions to trim costs for the backcountry operation are designed to eliminate a funding deficit and ensure the operation will recover the actual costs incurred.
Frequent Hiker Program Ends
Additionally, Grand Canyon National Park will end its Frequent Hiker Membership program effective June 1. As part of terminating this program, all existing members who have not already experienced $25 in savings through their memberships will be provided with hiker credit for the difference (up to $25). For questions about the backcountry fee increase and termination of the Frequent Hiker Membership, contact Steve Sullivan at (928) 638-7415.