Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah proposes increasing backcountry camping permit fees beginning in 2022 to offset increased expenses associated with managing the backcountry.
According to the proposal, the $5 per-person fee currently would be replaced by a $15 permit and $7 per day in the backcountry.
According to a park release, 80 percent of backcountry fees will remain in the park. These fees fund staff to assist in search-and-rescue efforts, issue backcountry permits, and provide safety information. Backcountry fees provide free loans for wildlife-resistant food containers and improvements to trails and campsites, including tent pads and signage.
The overnight stay rate in Bryce Canyon’s backcountry has increased by 36 percent since 2011. The increased use has led to an increase in backcountry administration costs and maintenance, but not fees. Friday’s park staff couldn’t immediately estimate the dollar or percentage rise in costs associated with backcountry maintenance and administration since 2011.
The proposed fee increase is intended to offset those costs and cover the costs of offering permits online through Recreation.gov.
Bryce Canyon Jim Ireland said, “We are committed to providing access to the backcountry.” “The backcountry permits will allow us to continue providing an extraordinary visitor experience.”