Some of the nation’s most popular national parks will raise entrance and camping fees, effective next year. The increase will affect all 131 National Park Service units now charging entrance fees. The highest fee of $30 for a seven-day pass will apply at such popular parks as Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Yellowstone and Glacier. Motorcycle entrance fees will jump substantially. Campground fees will likely go up, too, although that decision isn’t final. We’ll provide updates in this blog as more details are finalized.
Yosemite National Park is jumping the gun on the increase and raising entrance fee to $30 in March 2015. Please check the park’s website for details – www.nps.gov/yose
Zion and Grand Canyon resume shuttle service in March
Headed to Zion National Park? By the time you read this, you won’t be able to take your car on the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. Starting March 15, The park provides a free shuttle that makes multiple stops along the 6-mile route. Normally, visitors park at the visitor center. However, because its parking lot is being repaved, you’ll have to board the shuttle in the adjacent town of Springdale – at least until the end of May.
Also, effective March 1, Grand Canyon National Park closed the West Rim Drive to Hermit’s Rest. You must use the free shuttle bus to visit those viewpoints.
Source: National Park Service)
How much do you trust your GPS?
Ever had your GPS unit direct you where it’s impractical, illegal or even impossible to go? The driver of an 18-wheeler in Milwaukee showed what can happen if you put too much trust in your GPS. This happened back in November, but I thought you might enjoy it. (Source: WISN-TV; provided by Lowell G. McManus) Video: http://www.wisn.com/news/truck-stuck-in-milwaukee-park/29687286