Yosemite Fee Hike Spiked
National Park Service Director Mary Bomar blinked. But will she do it again?
Under pressure from the gateway towns surrounding Yosemite, Director Bomar agreed to spike the proposed increase in the park's entrance fee, from $20 to $25.
Yosemite officials say the letter-writing campaign from businesses in gateway communities, the high price of gas, and declining visitation in recent years all played a role in the decision not to boost the fee on January 1 as initially proposed.
"We heard loud and clear that these groups were against it," park spokesman Scott Gediman told the Modesto Bee. "It's been a rough few years. Visitation is down, gas prices are going up, things are getting more expensive. This would be just one more reason for people not to come."