Proposed fee increase at Wyoming State Parks and Historic Sites

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming State Parks and Historic Sites are proposing a fee increase effective January 1, 2021. The public is invited to attend information meetings as well as submit comments by November 14.

Wyoming State Parks Deputy Director Dave Glenn explained the proposal saying, “All revenue collected through visitor fees goes right back to Wyo Parks’ sites to fund operation/maintenance costs, new projects, site enhancements, and resource protection.”

Glenn added, “Current revenue shortfalls and necessary budget reductions will require an increase in revenue in order to keep state parks and historic sites open, staffed, and maintained. Fees collected from visitors do not fully fund Wyo Parks operations. Wyo Parks also relies on general fund dollars and funding from other sources such as grants, motorboat gas taxes, and donations.”

The proposed fee increases would affect daily use and overnight camping permits. Fees are required per vehicle at any state park, recreation area, or archaeological site where permits are required. The proposed fee for resident daily use at these sites is $7 from $4. Non-residents will be paying $12, up from $6. At historical sites, the proposed fee for resident daily use is $4 up from $2 and $8 up from $4 for non-residents.

A complete list of the proposed fee increases can be found through the administrative rules search, by searching “State parks permits and fees program.” Comments can also be sent through this page, or via email.

The public meetings can be accessed virtually or by phone. There are two opportunities to view a meeting, on Oct 26. from 12-1 p.m. and Nov. 2 from 5-6 p.m.

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Lindsay Vallen is a Community News Reporter covering a little bit of everything; with an interest in politics, wildlife, and amplifying community voices. Originally from the east coast, Lindsay has called Wilson, Wyoming home since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, cooking, and completing the Jackson Hole Daily crosswords.

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