DENVER—The National Park Service announced Tuesday it would hold only four admission fee-free days in 2018. This represents a 60 percent cut from 2017, and a 75 percent reduction from the 16 free days in 2016. At the same time, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke continues to support drastic fee increases at America’s most popular national parks.
The Center for Western Priorities released the following statement from Advocacy Director Jesse Prentice-Dunn:
“Not everyone can book a helicopter or charter a boat when they want to visit our national parks. America’s parks must remain affordable for working families—Secretary Zinke seems determined to turn them into a playground for the rich. Instead of pushing massive increases to entrance fees and cutting fee-free days, Ryan Zinke should ensure all Americans have access to our parks and public lands.”