Capitol Reef National Park seeks fee hikes for Fruita, group campsites
TORREY, Wayne County – Officials at Capitol Reef National Park are seeking approval for a plan that would increase the cost of overnight fees at its Fruita and group campsites.
The plan, which was announced on Monday, would increase the overnight camping rates at Fruita Campground by $ 5, while the evening group camping rate would be increased by $ 25.
Current rates are $ 10 per night for Fruita camping with a lifetime pass, $ 20 for Fruita camping without a pass, and $ 100 for group camping. If approved, the new rates would be $ 12.50, $ 25 and $ 125, respectively.
All other fees at the park would not change. The new tariffs would not come into effect until early 2022, if they were finalized. The park last increased the camping fee in 2015, when the nightly fee at Fruita campground increased from $ 10 to $ 20.
Capitol Reef’s Fruita Campground has 71 campsites, while the group site has a capacity of 40. Both operate on a reservation system for spring, summer, and through October 31, and operate on a first come, first serve basis in late fall and winter months.
Park officials say the new fees “would align the park” with other parks that offer similar services and experiences to Campgrounds in Capitol Reef National Park.
They also pointed out that the money from all fees is used for repair and maintenance of the facilities, as well as other improvements to the park, amenities and visitor programs. For example, fees were used to plant new trees in the park and to maintain the trails.
Data from the National Park Service shows that 981,038 people visited the southern Utah park in 2020, which was down from previous years due to COVID-19. It broke a four-year streak of at least 1 million visitors.
Preliminary data from 2021 shows 327,730 people have visited the park so far in 2021, which includes the highest number of visitors the park has ever reported in January, February, March and April. It puts the park on track to surpass its record of 1.23 million visitors set in 2018.
Public comments on the proposal can be sent by email to Capitol Reef National Park / Attn: Fee Proposal / HC 70, Box 15 / Torrey, UT 84775 or by email to [email protected]
People have until June 9 to submit their comments on the plan.