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Oct 24, 2017

Tester Blasts Proposed Hike in Entrance Fees for Glacier, Yellowstone

Senator encourages Montanans to weigh in with public comment on proposed $70 fee

(U.S. Senate) - U.S. Senator Jon Tester is blasting a new proposal by the National Park Service to significantly increase entrance fees to both Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks.

Current summer entrance fees for both Yellowstone and Glacier are $30 per vehicle and $25 per motorcycle. The Park Service's proposal would double these fees to $70 per vehicle and $50 per motorcycle during the "peak season"-the five consecutive months that a park receives the most visitors.

"Americans already own these parks and they shouldn't have to empty their wallets to enjoy them," said Tester. "Glacier and Yellowstone should be accessible to all of us. This decision will price Montana families out of our public lands, and hurt local economies, which thrive thanks to our National Parks. I encourage all Montanans to weigh in and make their voices heard."

A 30-day public comment period is currently open and will close on November 23. Montanans wishing to offer public comment can do so HERE.

Tester added that Congress has a responsibility to fund the longstanding maintenance backlog of National Park Service sites without imposing drastic fee increases on visitors.

The Park Service is proposing to raise fees on 15 other National Parks in addition to Yellowstone and Glacier.

Office Contact Information

Senator Tester's Montana staff serves the state from offices in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. Please bring your concerns with federal agencies, academy nominations, and other situations to one of these Montana offices.

Billings

Judge Jameson Federal Building
2900 4th Ave N, Suite 201
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: (406) 252-0550
Fax: (406) 252-7768

Bozeman

Avant Courier Building
1 E Main Street, Suite 202
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: (406) 586-4450
Fax: (406) 586-7647

Butte

Silver Bow Center
125 W Granite, Suite 200
Butte, MT 59701
Phone: (406) 723-3277
Fax: (406) 782-4717

Great Falls

119 1st Avenue N, Suite 102
Great Falls, MT 59401
Phone: (406) 452-9585
Fax: (406) 452-9586

Helena

Capital One Center
208 N Montana Avenue, Suite 202
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 449-5401
Fax: (406) 449-5462

Kalispell

8 Third Street E
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 257-3360
Fax: (406) 257-3974

Missoula

130 W Front St.
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: (406) 728-3003
Fax: (406) 728-2193

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