America's National Parks have always been a great value, but a gigantic fee hike is being proposed that would create a "peak season" entry fee at 17 National Parks with a price set at $70!

That fee is double the current entry fee at most of the affected parks: Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Denali, Glacier, Grand Canyon, Grand Teton, Olympic, Sequoia & Kings Canyon, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Zion, Acadia, Mount Rainier, Rocky Mountain, Shenandoah, and Joshua Tree National Park.

If approved, the increased fees will start in 2018.

The early reaction to this fee hike has been predictably negative, and the website to comment on this fee hike appears to have crashed!

It's also worth noting, the proposed fee hike comes just 3 years after the entry fees at many of these parks was increased. The cost of the the Senior National Parks Pass was raised this past summer, but somewhat bizarrely, there are not yet plans to change the price of the National Parks Annual pass, which currently costs $80, is valid for a full year at every National Park that charges an entry fee. Needless to say, if the fee increase goes through, buying the annual pass will become an obvious choice for anyone who thinks there is even a chance they will visit a second national park over the course of a year.