National park fees raising to $35, not $70

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The old plan would have seen entry fees for some parks go from $25 to $70.

Starting June 1, the cost of a seven-day vehicle pass will increase by $5 at 117 parks, officials said.

In 2017 Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park logged more than 2 million visitors, and visitors in 2016 spent more than $159.2 million in communities near the park, supporting 1,917 jobs in the area, according to the National Park Service.

The national park entrance fee structure.

On Thursday, the federal agency announced more moderate price increases - park visitors will pay around $3, $5 or $10 more to enter national parks that already charge an entrance fee. The change resulted in an onslaught of requests for senior passes ahead of the implementation of the new price structure. Zinke said that 80 percent of increased admission revenue will be funneled back into the same park where it was collected, and all revenue from the increase will remain within the system of national parks. Maria Cantwell, a Washington Democrat, said she was glad Zinke "abandoned his reckless plan to nearly triple park fees on American families", though she also criticized the interior secretary's plan for lacking "any transparency".

Federal legislation demands 80 percentage of revenue generated at a national park continues to be in which it's accumulated.

"Fees do have a role to play in our parks, and the administration's move to abandon its original proposal in favor of more measured fee increases will put additional funds into enhancing park experiences without threatening visitation or local economies", said Theresa Pierno, the association's president and chief executive.

"Congress should commit to increasing park funding in future spending bills", she said.

The annual Tri Park Pass, an annual pass that allows visitors unlimited entry to Hawai'i Volcanoes and Haleakala National Parks and Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, will increase in phases, going to $50 from $30 June 1 and then up to $55 in January 2020. He says making parks "more costly for American families" through entrance fees wouldn't have solved the problem alone.

Looking back at the Roosevelt Arch entrance at Yellowstone National Park. That was roughly 89,000 shy of the all-time record of just under 331 million visitors set the previous year.

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