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Colorado National Monument considers doubling entrance fees

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Posted at 12:48 PM, Jul 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-16 14:48:39-04

DENVER (AP) -- The National Park Service is considering doubling the entrance fee at the Colorado National Monument, marking one of the steepest fee increases in the monument's history.

The Denver Post reports that the proposed increase from $10 to $20 is part of the National Park Service's two-year effort to help fund improvements by increasing fees at 131 of its 401 properties.

The service has estimated that all of its properties have $11.5 billion in backlogged deferred maintenance, $13.8 million of which was needed at Colorado National Monument.

The increased fees at Colorado National Monument will fund improvements inside the park. Public meetings on the proposed fees will be held in Fruita, Glade Park and Grand Junction this month.

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