National Park Service proposes fee increase at Golden Spike Historic Site

Saturday , December 09, 2017 - 5:00 AM1 comment

JESSICA KOKESH, Standard-Examiner Staff

The National Park Service is seeking public input on its proposal to hike entrance fees at Golden Spike National Historic Site.

“The fee increase proposal at Golden Spike is part of a larger NPS initiative that began in 2015, to standardize fees for park units throughout the United States that offer similar visitor services and experiences,” NPS said in a press release. “Based on comments received in 2015, there were no changes made to the fees at Golden Spike at that time.”

Located in Box Elder County, the historic site celebrates the joining of the nation’s first Transcontinental Railroad

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The park service proposed eliminating seasonal entrance fee prices and replacing them with one year-round price. 

Private vehicles and motorcycles are currently charged $5 in the winter and $7 in the summer. The new year-round entrance fees would be $15 for private vehicles and $10 for motorcycles.

People who arrive on foot or by bike, who now pay $3 in the winter and $4 in the summer, would instead pay $7 year-round.

A year-round pass would increase from $15 to $30. 

If approved, the changes would go into effect on May 1, 2018. 

“The new revenue generated from any future fee increases may be used to provide enhanced visitor services including repair and maintenance of facilities, capital improvements, updated amenities, resource protection and additional visitor programs and services,” the park service said. 

Comments may be submitted by email to GOSP_Planning@nps.gov with the subject line “Fee Increase Proposal.”

People also can mail comments to Golden Spike National Historic Site, Attention: Fee Increase Proposal, at P.O. Box 897, Brigham City, UT, 84302, or fax them to 435-471-2341, Attention: Fee Increase Proposal.

The deadline for submitting comments is Jan. 10, 2018.

Digital producer Jessica Kokesh can be reached at 801-625-4229 or jkokesh@standard.net. You can also follow her on Twitter at @JessicaKokesh or Facebook.com/ByJessKokesh.

 

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