5 grown-up playgrounds for your summer


For less than a price to a theme park you can go on a ride through some of Utah’s greatest creations.

Each national park sells weekly passes with prices depending on the type of vehicle and/or number of people in your party.

If you are spending more than one day at the park, camping passes are also available at a daily rate of between $10 and $20, depending on the park and camp site.

The parks also have several free days per year:

Martin Luther King Jr Day — Jan. 19
President’s Day Weekend — Feb. 14–16
First Weekend of National Park Week — April 18–19
National Park Service’s 98th Birthday — Aug. 25
National Public Lands Day — Sept. 26
Veteran’s Day — Nov. 11

The prices at several parks will be increasing this summer to help pay for park maintenance.

Arches and Canyonlands National Park

Private vehicles of 15 people or less: $10
Motorcycles: $5
*Per person, with no car (usually bikes or hiking): $5
*Under 15 years of age: Free

Bryce Canyon

Private Vehicle: $25
Motorcycles and per person: $12
Entrance fee includes use of shuttle

Capitol Reef National Park 

*These new prices take effect beginning June 1, 2015
Private Vehicles: $10
Individuals: $7

Zions National Park

Private vehicles: $25
Motorcycles: $12
Per person: $12

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