Skip to comments.State Parks pricing out the public
Posted on 07/09/2013 8:31:48 PM PDT by Route395
In its new mission to extract every dollar possible out of park visitors, California State Parks is pricing itself out of reach of many, starting with young families, city kids and young adults. So is the Department of Fish and Wildlife, which charges the highest-priced fishing licenses in America and yet is providing the public with less than ever this summer. Ten years ago, it cost $2 to park and $12 to camp at state parks. Now its $10 to park and $35 and up to camp. State Parks wants to add electronic self-pay stations, where you pay by credit card. That would allow them to add new pay sites without adding staff, and also add specialty fees, such as for premium campsites.
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And don’t step on the grass.
Remember, this is YOUR park.
You could put $5 in the box on the honor system and camp on the Gardiner River in Montana.
Stunning, absolutely stunning.
The good news is, illegals stay for free.
Beautiful country, isn’t it?
Usually they start with women and minorities, I wonder what happened.
$35 bucks is not that much less than the Motel 6, and with the Motel 6, you get a romm with a bed, not just the ground. I wonder what the homeless camps out near Davis charge?
...and grow cash crops.
In Washington state injuns fish for free. If elizabeth fauxahontas warren can be an injun so can I ;-)
Looks like rates are now $14
Unbelievable!...I’d rather travel the extra distance to Montana and Idaho where they appreciate people who enjoy the outdoors....AND their dollars!
Glacier is incredible.
I recently went to Sequoia National Park - it was $20 just to get in.
One must camp on Jenny Lake in The Tetons as well.
Haven’t been to Jenny Lake yet. It’s on my list though.
And you gotta lay out under the stars on the eastern side of Montana just to absorb the big sky.
It is like something from a dream.
I belong to the Montana State page on Facebook. Geez, they post some beautiful pics. Only been to Little Big Horn. Would love to get into those mountains. Maybe some day.
Don’t forget Ward Churchill!
Take the boat across to hike on the mountains.
There are blackberry’s all along the trail in late aug.
Got stuck in Buffalo Wy by a snow storm in Big Horn National forest on Aug 27.
It was stunning when the storm cleared.
Chaparral in bloom in the snow under the moon in aug
The smell was incredible.
Winter would suck major ***, but late summer is incredible.
Winter is a whole different ball game...
That's funny! Wow! Aug 27! Was just talking about Buffalo, Wyoming today if you can believe it! Stayed there on the way to Little Big Horn. Dear friend had mentioned about Ten Sleep, Wyoming which I guess is west of there. Love small towns! Can't remember small Eastern towns when I lived in Maine as a kid, but love small Western towns.
Took son up to Custer, SD for BSA camp over weekend. Wyoming has got to be close second for big sky.
Buffalo is a working cowboy town.
Why should we pay at all? The park land across the street from me was donated to the state with the caveat that people can not be charged admission. Except, they charge for “parking”. There is nowhere to legally park within practical walking distance of park amenities.
We used to buy an Empire Passport every year, but now it is too expensive and you get fewer and fewer services for your money. My yard is a park, a part of the same original parcel donated the state. I don’t need their park.
I took my son and brother on the grand western tour when he was about 11.
We had a blast.
Oh okay. Didn’t know that. Just stayed at cabin at campground, http://www.deerparkrv.com/ for one night. Nice little town.
I recently went to Sequoia National Park..”
Three years ago we went to the Grand Canyon in Arizona. They were offering an ID card for seniors and everyone traveling with me got in free. Also was good at other Federal parks although I never checked to see which ones. Makes me wonder if it’s still valid.
When we were waiting out the snow, the place we were eating at was filling with cowboys right off the working trail.
It may be different now, but it was a working town when I was there, prolly 11 years ago?
Oh I bet. How fun! Did you camp out?
I’d *love* to see the East. I’d love to see every state, but the West is in my heart...been here since 1975.
Are you the one that told me about Big Bend a few years ago? Think we might have talked about Utah, too. :) Maybe you, maybe not.
Oh it’s probably the same. Time kinda stands still in those little towns. On our way back home, stopped in Wheatland and Chugwater, WY and took some pics. :)
Should clarify...on our way back home from SD this last time...
Very neat! Is that a rest stop? Where is that?
Hosti gezen in dayne lebn? They darker than us! Woof! ;-)
Don’t think I told you about Big Bend.
I have never been there yet.
Looking up about Arco, ID on Wiki:
Population of 995 at 2010 census.
All I know is it is Arco Idaho LOL
How did the sail of the Devilboat get there? LOL
Oh okay. That must have been another FReeper. Got to talking about National Parks out west a couple of years ago on a thread and a TX FReeper said Big Bend was a great National Park to see.
Yer right, it is just a rest stop.
I have know idea what the back story is.
Big Bend could be rather dangerous these days.
That is a mystery for sure. Would be neat to find out the story on that. I guess you could always contact the City Hall in Arco and find out.
Here's a pic I took on the trip to MT to or from Little Big Horn on the highway:
Idaho science center
Not the sort of thing you expect to see up there LOL