As of January 1, 2016, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks will increase entrance, wilderness, and campground fees. The revenue from the increases will help fund key maintenance and improvement projects within the local parks.
Single vehicle entrance fees (seven-day pass) are currently $20 and will be raised to $30. The local parks annual pass will increase from $30 to $50. The entrance fee for motorcycles (seven-day pass) will be increased from $10 to $20.
All interagency annual passes ($80), senior ($10), access (free), and military (free), and commercial tour flat rates will remain unchanged.
Wilderness permits will be reduced ($15 to $10) but will now add a per person $5 fee. Campgrounds that were $18 per night will be raised to $22; group sites will also be raised proportionately.
In 2014, the parks sought and received dozens of comments from the public on the proposed fee increases. The National Park Service reported that the majority of those who commented on the fees were in favor of the proposed increases.
“After carefully considering the impact of a fee increase on visitors and community members, we came to the conclusion that this the right course of action to improve facilities and services important to visitors,” said Woody Smeck, superintendent of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
Fee-free day and holiday shuttles— On Sunday, Dec. 13, to accommodate visitors who attend the Nation’s Christmas Tree ceremony in the Grant Grove area of Kings Canyon National Park, fees will be waived at the Sequoia and Kings Canyon entrance stations.
Holiday park shuttles will be in operation in the Giant Forest-to-Wuksachi area of Sequoia National Park, so park and ride for free. The shuttles will operate 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving weekend (Thursday, Nov. 26, through Sunday, Nov. 29) and Christmas week (Friday, Dec. 25, through Sunday, Jan. 3).