Pipe Spring National Monument proposes entrance fee increase

PIPE SPRING — Pipe Spring National Monument is proposing a fee increase from $5 to $7 for a walk-in entrance fee, to take effect in 2015. The current entrance fee has been in place since 2005.

“We want to keep the park affordable for all new and returning visitors and feel that the modest proposed increase is in line with similar fees for museum, recreational and park opportunities nationwide,” Park Superintendent John Hiscock said. “And the small amount of fee revenue generated and retained at the park is efficiently and effectively utilized to maintain park resources and facilities and better each and every visitor’s experience.”

Since 2001, with the inception of a shared partnership visitor center and cultural museum on Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians reservation lands at the entrance to the Monument, entrance fees have been shared with the tribe. Currently $3.50 of the individual fee goes to the National Park Service, and $1.50 goes to the tribe. Entrance fees are not charged to visitors under 16 years of age, or holders of America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Senior, Access or Military Passes.

The National Park Service recently called upon each National Park System site to carefully consider entrance fee increases. Of the 401 parks, monuments, historic sites, recreation areas, and other units of the National Park system, 131 collect entrance fees.

The park service sites that collect entrance fees retain between 65 and 100 percent of the fees received. Pipe Spring National Monument retains 96.5 percent of its generated fee revenue, amounting to approximately $30,000 per year in recent years. The revenue is used for the completion projects such as visitor center and exhibit maintenance and improvements, and historic structures and cultural landscape preservation and maintenance.

The park is proposing to increase the individual walk-in entrance fee to $7 per person, in line with similar types of park sites nationwide. Each partner’s portion of the new fee would increase, with $4.90 going to the NPS, and $2.10 to the tribe.

“As always, we are particularly interested in public feedback on this proposed fee increase,” said Hiscock. Comments will be accepted through Jan. 15. Following the comment period, feedback will determine how, or if, a fee increase would be implemented.

Public comment

  • Mail written public comments to: Superintendent, Pipe Spring National Monument, HC 65 Box 5, Fredonia, Arizona 86022
  • Public comments may also be emailed

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  • Randy Erickson December 9, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    Well worth the fee.

  • Terry December 10, 2014 at 6:55 am

    A 40% fee increase is modest ????? You must be kidding!

  • hudrockson December 10, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Absolutely worth the increase.

  • Cillary Hinton December 10, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    I would pay double the fee

  • Koolaid December 11, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    Last time I was there, the sentences pouring out of the guide’s mouth were “… mormon pioneers this….”, “… mormon pioneers that…”, “… mormon pioneers etc…”, “mormon pioneers….” It got quite old very quickly. Why can’t a person use “… settlers….” when talking about area history. I’m sure some non-mormon pioneers accomplished many things in the area when they weren’t being kicked out by the mormon pioneers.

    • My Evil Twin December 11, 2014 at 4:12 pm

      I’ll bet they made little mention of the folks already there, The American Indians!

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