SALT LAKE CITY, Utah. — The Utah Department of Natural Resources announced Thursday it would be increasing the cost of annual state park passes for Utah residents from $75 to $100, and from $35 to $50 for Utah seniors 65 years and older.
“While we regularly evaluate fees and services, the Utah State Parks annual pass fee has not changed in price for Utah residents in over 25 years,” it said in a statement.
The funds generated by fees are allocated to maintaining visitor access to all Utah state parks. In recent years, Utah’s parks have exploded in popularity and number of annual visits, and the fee increases reflect the need for continued and increased maintenance year-round.
According to the statement, “The Utah Division of Parks and Recreation appreciates our visitors’ desire for quality outdoor recreation. Utah State Parks has an ongoing commitment to providing unmatched customer services and amenities at an affordable price.”
Annual passes can be purchased online or in-person at any staffed Utah State Park fee station. The Jordanelle Reservoir is the nearest location for Park City locals to purchase an annual pass in person.