Press release from Canyonlands NP. Our tax cuts at work.
Release date: February 28, 2011
Contact: Denny Ziemann
Phone number: (435) 719-2120
Canyonlands National Park Announces Fee Increase for Private River Permits
Effective March 31, 2011, Canyonlands National Park will implement a new permit fee schedule for private river trips within its boundaries.
Canyonlands National Park, located in the high desert of southeast Utah, preserves a wilderness of rock and other outstanding natural and cultural resources. At center stage of this unique region are two canyons carved by the Colorado and Green Rivers, providing a variety of recreational opportunities for adventuresome visitors.
In response to increased use of the park’s river corridors by private groups, and the need to defray the costs of protecting natural and cultural resources along its rivers while providing essential visitor services for the future, a $20 per person per trip “cost recovery” fee for flat and white water trips is being implemented. The new “per person” fee will be in addition to the existing reservation fees of $20 per permit for flat water and $30 per permit for white water.
Increased costs and decreased federal funding have reduced the park’s ability to provide essential resource and visitor protection services such as permit compliance, search and rescue, and resource monitoring and impact mitigation along the river corridors. This decline in protection services has occurred during a period of increased visitor use and related resource impacts.
Private river trips represent a significant portion of the park’s river users, so this new fee structure will spread the costs of managing the rivers and protecting resources along their corridors more evenly among all user groups. Since the rivers are not accessible to most park visitors, and river use is regulated by permit, the cost of river management is most appropriately shared by actual river users rather than paid for by the general public. The new river permit fee will allow for increased visitor and resource protection activities along the park’s river corridors, and help mitigate resource impacts from current and future river use.
Additional information on this new river permit fee may be obtained on the park’s website (Canyonlands National Park (U.S. National Park Service)
) or by calling the park’s Reservation Office at 435-259-4351.