The National Park Service announced today that an increase in entrance fees is proposed to go into effect in the spring of 2006 at Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve. The entrance fee would increase from $5 per vehicle to $8 per private vehicle. The fee per person, whether on foot or bicycle, would increase from $3 to $4 per person. The entrance fees apply only to the Craters of the Moon scenic loop drive area located just off U.S. Highway 20/26/93 between Arco and Carey. There is no entrance fee for the remainder of the Monument and Preserve. Camp site fees remain unchanged at $10 per night for the Lava Flow Campground.
Eighty percent of the entrance fees collected are being returned to the parks where they are collected and they provide direct benefits to our visitors said Acting Superintendent John Apel. The fee increase will provide an additional $30,000 in revenue which will be applied to our highest priority visitor needs added Apel. At Craters of the Moon visitor fee dollars have been used in recent years to replace picnic tables, improve trail accessibility, upgrade restrooms, and provide educational displays.
National Park Service officials are taking public comment on this proposal. To provide comment or obtain more information please visit: www.nps.gov/crmo, or write: Superintendent, Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve P. O. Box 29, Arco, ID 83213