Yellowstone To Charge Backcountry Fees

As sure as Ol’ Faithful, the government is going to get its cut.

Earlier this week it was announced that Yellowstone National Park will start charging overnight backcountry permit fees starting May 1st.

Any person obtaining a permit to stay overnight in the backcountry between Memorial Day and September 10th will be subject to a $3 per person, per night fee for all individuals over the age of nine.

Visitors may purchase an annual backcountry pass for $25, which will cover the $3 fee for the calendar year of the pass.

Backcountry users don’t require many facilities, but administration and maintenance are expensive in such a popular park. The NPS says money raised from the new fees will help defray the costs of running the park’s backcountry program.

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Eric is a contributing writer based in Bozeman, MT. An avid climber, mountain biker, backpacker, and snowboarder, he earned his degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota - Duluth. When not living the GearJunkie life, he can be found exploring the Montana backcountry.