Analysis – 07 Better Coverage of Visitors to Fee Parks

Analysis of the National Park Service Recreation Fee System, June 1977

 5B. Better Coverage of Visitors to Fee Parks


A third of the 116 parks currently charging fees reported potential to collect more fees by extending the collection season and hours. Many noted that this would cost more in staffing dollars, but that increased revenues would more than off-set costs. Several parks also stated that new or improved collection facilities would facilitate more effective operations. Extension of collection coverage would also result in a more equitable fee system.


Each park’s collection season and hours should be examined with regard to visitation patterns, services provided, and cost of collecting fees. Extensions of collection seasons and hours should be implemented where justified.


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