How Much Do Utah National Parks Cost?

A trip to Utah isn’t complete without a visit to one of its many national park and wilderness areas, so pack a little extra money to cover entrance fees.
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Ranger Victoria Allen greats visitors at the Arches Visitor Center. Photo by NPS Andrew Kuhn

Ranger Victoria Allen greats visitors at the Arches Visitor Center. Photo by NPS Andrew Kuhn

A trip to Utah isn’t complete without a visit to one of its many national park and wilderness areas, so pack a little extra money to cover entrance fees.

Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks each charge $35 for vehicle entrance for a seven-day pass, while the scenic drive entrance fee at Capitol Reef National Park is $15. Arches and Canyonlands each charge $30 for a vehicle seven-day pass, effective June 1, 2018. An annual park pass to Arches or Canyonlands will cost $55, also effective June 1, 2018. Entrance fees also occur elsewhere in the state, such as at the Fiery Furnace, Fruita Campground, and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

Revenue from these fees go toward visitor services, programs, road maintenance and campgrounds, among many other projects.

Get More Parks For Less

There are many ways to get more bang for your entrance fee buck. For one, consider hitting a few national parks this year.

$55 Southeast Utah Group Annual Pass

This pass is valid for one year from the month of purchase. It's good for entrance to Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, plus Hovenweep and Natural Bridges National Monuments.

$80 America the Beautiful National Park Pass

The America the Beautiful National Parks pass is honored at all federally managed land units (national parks, national forests, national monuments, etc.) It’s good for a year from the month of purchase. You can pick one up at any national park entrance station.

$80 Senior Lifetime Pass

The best deal… national park lifetime passes for those 62 and older are only $80. If you have a young family, you might want to take the grandparents along on vacation. The whole car can get into the park with the senior pass and the memories created will be priceless.

Get in For Free

Active military receive free annual parks passes for themselves and their dependents when they show a military ID. Travelers under 16 years of age, as well as those visiting parks for educational or scientific purposes, also receive an entrance waiver. And if you have a permanent disability and show documentation, you get in for free and get a discount on camping.

Don’t fit those categories? Hit your favorite park on a free admission day. There are usually six free days every year. Check our event calendar for dates.

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