Beginning November 10, the cost of Fiery Furnace tickets in Arches National Park as well as backcountry and river permits in Canyonlands National Park will increase to help fund essential maintenance projects and staffing at the parks, the National Park Service said.
Backcountry permits will now require a $5 per person per night fee in addition to the $36 reservation fee.
River permits will require a $25 per person fee (an increase of $5) in addition to the $36 reservation fee.
The previously existing $36 reservation fee, which includes a $6 www.recreation.gov fee, will not change.
Ticket and permit fees provide critical funding for backcountry programs, facility maintenance and ranger-led tours. In addition, this funding helps maintain over 150 miles of backcountry roads, more than 100 miles of trails, 67 backcountry campsites, and multiple boats used for river patrols and emergency response, the park said in a release. Fees also support staff who provide information on the backcountry and rivers in-person, online, by email and telephone; engage in preventative search and rescue; monitor backcountry resource conditions; and manage permit reservations to maximize availability of campsites and permits. Together, these efforts help ensure backcountry resources and visitor experiences are protected.
Self-guided Fiery Furnace ticket fees have not increased since 1999, and ranger-led ticket fees have not increased since the early 2000s. Ticket fees go directly toward the cost of providing ranger-led and self-guided Fiery Furnace tours at the park. Backcountry fees in Canyonlands have not increased since 2011. Canyonlands has seen a 34 percent increase in overnight backcountry use and a 60 percent increase in overall park visitation since 2013, which has created the need for additional maintenance work and staffing.
In spring of 2021, the NPS solicited comments on these fee increases during a 30-day public comment period. The comments received demonstrated public support for the change, the park said.
Fiery Furnace permits are currently available seven days in advance on www.recreation.gov. Canyonlands backcountry permits for March 10 – June 9, 2022, will be available 8 a.m. MST November 10 and river permits for April 14 – October 15, 2022, will be available 8 a.m. MST December 14 on www.recreation.gov.
For more information on backcountry reservations or Fiery Furnace tours, please visit https://www.nps.gov/cany/planyourvisit/backcountry.htm and https://www.nps.gov/arch/planyourvisit/fiery-furnace-hike.htm.