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Rocky Mountain National Park Proposes Increased Transponder Device Amenity Fee – Estes Park Trail-Gazette

Rocky Mountain National Park is seeking public comment on a proposed expanded $15 amenity fee to provide automated voluntary fast-passing gate transponders to interested visitors with valid annual or lifetime passes.

In 2004, Rocky Mountain National Park constructed an expressway at the entrance to Beaver Meadows, and in 2011 an additional expressway was installed at the entrance to Grand Lake. Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the only national parks to have a fast lane for visitors. Visitors who had purchased an annual pass or a lifetime pass could use their pass to operate the automated gate.

However, in 2019 the National Park Service changed the format for annual and lifetime passes. The new national passes are not compatible with the park’s existing rapid access gate system technology and the rapid access gate has not been operational for a few years. Based on this technological challenge, the park is proposing to switch to windshield transponders so that interested annual and lifetime pass holders can access the fast-pass lane, outside of the hours of the reservation system of entry permit timed by the pilot.

A transponder is a small device the size of a credit card that attaches to a vehicle window. Transponders are not removable or transferable and would work for at least one year or until the month an existing valid annual pass expires. If the park goes ahead with this proposal, the park expects to launch transponder sales in late spring 2023.

For more information and a list of frequently asked questions, please visit www.nps.gov/romo/getinvolved/proposal-for-expanded-amenity-fee-for-transponder-device.htm.

Public engagement is an important part of the park planning process. Rocky Mountain National Park is accepting public comments July 1 through July 31, 2022 on the proposed voluntary expanded amenity fee. Please submit all comments to: https://parkplanning.nps.gov/RMNP_FAST-PASS_TRANSPONDER_2022.

Comments may also be submitted by mail to:

Rocky Mountain National Park

Superintendent’s Office

1000 US Highway 36

Estes Park, CO 80517

Please note that before you include your address, phone number, email address, or other personally identifying information in your comment, you should know that your entire comment – including your contact information identification – may be made public at any time. Although you may request in your comment to shield your personally-identifying information from public scrutiny, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

For more information about Rocky Mountain National Park, visit www.nps.gov/romo or call the park information office at (970) 586-1206.