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Gate fee at Rocky Mountain National Park could hit $70 next year to fund long-deferred park maintenance

Jason Blevins
The Denver Post

Larry Vaughn, of Longmont, fly fishes in Moraine Park, Friday, April 8, 2011, in Rocky Mountain National Park. Vaughn hopes that if Rocky Mountain National Park closes due to federal government shutdown that Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith can keep the area open. (R.J. Sangosti, The Denver Post)

A year after celebrating its 100th anniversary with record crowds, the National Park Service is proposing steep increases in entry fees, more than doubling the peak-season gate fee to $70 at Rocky Mountain National Park and the 16 other busiest parks.

The "targeted fee increases" are intended to fund overdue improvements to aging infrastructure, including park roads, bridges, campgrounds, waterlines, restrooms and visitor centers, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said in a statement announcing the proposal.

"We need to have the vision to look at the future of our parks and take action in order to ensure that our grandkids' grandkids will have the same if not better experience than we have today," Zinke said. "Shoring up our parks' aging infrastructure will do that.​"

Rocky Mountain National Park two years ago raised the cost of its weekly vehicle pass to $30 from $20. On Jan. 1, the park raised the annual pass fee to $60 from $50 but kept its weekly vehicle pass at $30.

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