More than 100,000 submit comments on proposed national park fee increases

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An elk takes in the view near the summit of Trail Ridge Road at Rocky Mountain National Park in 2013.
Scott Franz

The proposal to raise entrance fees at 17 national parks is “horrendous” and “hugely stupid.”

Those are just two of the tens of thousands of comments recorded by the National Park Service in response to its recent idea to hike one-time entrance fees from $20 or $30 to $70.

“This is NOT Disneyland,” one Grand Junction resident wrote. “I know many families who would not be able to afford taking their kids to more than one park at this increase.”

Of the 109,111 comments submitted last year and made available to the public this month, 315 mentioned Colorado or Rocky Mountain National Park. The names of the commenters and other identifying information were not included.

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