Sending Office: Honorable Paul A. Gosar
Request for Cosponsor(s)
National Parks Should Be Open and Affordable to Everyone!
Become an original cosponsor of the FREE National PARKS Act
Deadline for original cosponsors is
NOON Tuesday, December 19th
In October, the National Park Service (NPS)
announced that it would be considering increasing entrance fees at 17 of the nation’s most highly frequented parks during peak visitor season. This increase was said to be used “for improvements to the aging infrastructure of national parks.”
Communities across America benefit from the tremendous influx of tourists and other visitors who are drawn to these unique regions by our nation’s most prized parks. For example, Grand Canyon National Park draws nearly 6,000,000 visitors each year. Moreover,
these visitors contribute over $500,000,000 to the local economy each year and sustain at least 7,500 jobs. Any effort to increase the fees associated with accessing these parks will have a catastrophic impact on this economic stimulus, putting people out
of work across the country.
That’s why I am introducing the Fee Removal at Every Entrance to National Parks providing Access to Recreationally Known Spaces, or “FREE National PARKS”, Act. This bill seeks to end entrance fees at all national parks.
Shortly after the NPS announcement, many critics expressed their concerns over fare-increases stating that they disadvantaged minorities and low-income households from being able to visit national parks. While some families are only barely able to afford
visits to our national parks, they often have to do so when children are out of school – the exact time our parks seek peak usage. These fee increases may prevent them from being able to enjoy our nation’s natural beauty.
The National Parks Service is responsible for ensuring that our natural frontiers are maintained. However, there are plenty of conceivable ways to help pay for maintenance at our nation’s natural parks. National parks are created and maintained by taxpayer
dollars and among my most serious concerns is that these lands remain economically accessible to the citizens who fund their maintenance. If the National Parks Service mission is to “preserve unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the
National Parks System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations,” this fee increase stands in stark contrast to the accomplishment of that goal.
If you have any questions or would like to add your support to the bill, please do not hesitate to contact Joshua Ronk at 202-225-2315 or at
Thank you for your thoughtful consideration of this request.
Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S.
Member of Congress