(Neb)-SBNM Ending Entrance Fee
GERING, Neb. - Scotts Bluff National Monument is joining the ranks of National Park Service sites that don't charge an entrance fee. The park was already waiving fees this year, partly because of its centennial celebration and partly because the Visitor Center is closed for a renovation/expansion project.
Superintendent Dan Morford says an analysis of attendance and funding suggested it would be wise to permanently eliminate the fee. Morford told KNEB News that the cost of collecting the fee was higher than the amount of money coming in, with Scotts Bluff getting to keep only a portion of it.
Morford says not charging an entrance fee doesn't change the Monument's status and still allows 100% of all donations from visitors to be used locally for programs and other needs.
Scotts Bluff National Monument is also no longer selling the National Park Service Annual Pass, Senior Lifetime Pass, and Senior Annual Pass. They are available online through the NPS website.
Although they won't be collecting fees, rangers will still man the entrance booth to provide information to visitors and to monitor for vehicles too large to safely pass through the Summit Road tunnels.
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