Glacier proposes raising annual pass to $60

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Glacier National Park is soliciting public comment for a proposal to change the price of the Glacier National Park annual pass from $50 to $60. No other entrance fees are proposed for rate changes.

Entrance fees are not charged to people younger than 16 years old or holders of the America the Beautiful national parks and federal recreational annual, senior, access, military or volunteer passes. These passes may be obtained at the park.

ďThe funds raised through entrance fees including passes are critical to improve facilities and infrastructure, and to provide an enhanced level of visitor service,Ē Park Superintendent Jeff Mow said in a press release.

Park entrance and campground fees have supported a number of important projects in the park, including a portion of the Many Glacier Hotel restoration, new interpretive exhibits at visitor centers, trail repairs and winter snowshoe walks.

In 2016 more than 2.9 million Glacier Park visitors spent $250 million in the local economy and supported over 4,000 jobs related to tourism.

The public can submit comments at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/GNP_fee_proposal_2017. Comments may also be submitted via mail to Glacier National Park, Attention: Glacier National Park Annual Pass Fee Increase, P.O. Box 128, West Glacier, MT 59936. The comment period will be open until Sept. 30.

This fee structure review and civic engagement process is part of a 2017 review of Federal Land Recreation Enhancement Act fees at parks nationwide. Following the public comment period, feedback will determine how, or if, a fee increase would be implemented.

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