Officials from Yellowstone National Park have proposed a 30 percent boost in camping fees for front-country campgrounds. If it passes, the increase is scheduled to go into effect on May 1, 2013.
Park officials rationalize the increase by pointing out that Yellowstone’s camping fees have not gone up in nine years. They also point to camping fees for nearby Grand Teton National Park and an assortment of national forests that are higher than those required at Yellowstone.
Officials expect that, with the increase, campground fees would bring in $150,000 this year. That money would go to the park’s general project fund.
If the cost increase passes, campgrounds with flush toilets (Mammoth Hot Springs and Norris) will cost $20 per night instead of $14. Campgrounds with vault toilets (Tower Fall, Lewis Lake, Indian Creek, Pebble Creek, and Slough Creek) will cost $15 per night instead of $12. Holders of the Senior Pass and the Access Pass will continue to receive a 50 percent discount on these heightened prices. The price increase will not affect campgrounds operated by Xanterra Parks & Resorts.
The proposal is currently in the public comment stage. To make your opinion known, visit http://parkplanning.nps.gov/ynpcampfee. Comments will be accepted through midnight on February 28, 2013.