(SD)-Entrance Fees Going Up At Badlands NP
BADLANDS NP, SD - Badlands National Park is raising its entrance fees on January 2nd as part of a National Park Service push to have similar parks have similar fees as part of ongoing efforts to address park infrastructure and improve the experience of visitors.
Entrance fees at Badlands will be $30/vehicle; $25/motorcycle; and $15/individual with the Annual Pass costing $55.
Park Superintendent Mike Pflaum says a majority of fees are kept locally, adding that the increase will allow Badlands "to continue to protect, preserve, and share the special places here at Badlands with current and future generations."
By National Park Service policy, fee revenue must be used for deferred maintenance projects and for programs that have direct benefit for park visitors.
Fees collected in the past supported a wide range of projects including rehabilitating trails and trailhead signs, exhibits in the visitor centers, upgrades of park water systems, providing ranger-led programs and improving ADA accessibility.
Pflaum says the new revenue from the fee increase will go to continued support of the public fossil preparation lab, improved accessibility to visitor center displays, and printing of the park map and newspaper.
Other projects will include improved wayside exhibits and upgrade of the Cedar Pass Campground water system as well as upkeep of roads, trails, and visitor facilities.
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