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[pct-l] Kings/Sequoia User Fee
- Subject: [pct-l] Kings/Sequoia User Fee
- From: Brick Robbins <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Wed, 11 Feb 1998 14:38:03 -0800
U.S. Department of the Interior
National Park Service
Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks
209/565-3341 Three Rivers, California 93271
For Immediate Malinee Crapsey 209/565-3131
WILDERNESS PERMIT RESERVATION FEES AT SEQUOIA & KINGS CANYON
The reservation season for wilderness permits begins March 1, 1998.
This year Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks will begin charging
a non-refundable $10 fee for reservations. The fee applies only to
reservations for wilderness permits, not to the permits themselves.
The reservation system offers visitors the opportunity to plan a
wilderness trip in advance and prearrange a firmly committed entry
date during the busy summer season, when permits for the more popular
trails are sometimes not available.
This fee is being collected as part of the Recreation Fee
Demonstration Program authorized by Congress in 1996. The increased
costs of providing a quality reservation system for wilderness permits
while continuing to meet the number of public requests for information
have created a funding challenge. Revenue from this program will
enable these services to continue.
Approximately 80% of the money received will remain within the park
to support the reservation, information, and education services
provided by the Wilderness Office. Funds will also be used to address
a backlog of wilderness-related projects that are not currently
As usual, reservations for 1998 wilderness permits may be made
beginning March 1 for all trailheads within Sequoia and Kings Canyon
National Parks. They must be made at least 21 days in advance, and
apply only to trips between May 17 and the last week of September.
Outside that period all permits are first-come, first-served.
Currently approximately 2/3 of each trailhead quota is available for
advanced reservations; the remainder of the permits are first-come,
Reservations may only be made by mail or fax, using check, money
order, or major credit card. Mail reservation requests no earlier
than March 1 to: Wilderness Permit Reservations, HCR 89 Box 60, Three
Rivers, CA 93271. Starting March 1, requests may be faxed to
209/565-4239. Include your preferred trailhead with entry and exit
dates, giving second choices if possible. Also add your method of
travel (foot or horse), number of people in the group (maximum is 15),
and number of stock (maximum 20).
Itinerary changes involving different trailheads may be made up to
21 days in advance of the trip's start date, if space is available at
another trailhead. The same is true of increases in party size if the
reservation quota for the trailhead is not full. Changes in number of
nights and reductions in party size may be made at any time.
To receive a free copy of Backcountry Basics, a wilderness
trip-planning guide, contact the Wilderness Office, Sequoia and Kings
Canyon National Parks, Three Rivers, CA 93271, or call (209)565-3341
(then press 1) for further information. Wilderness information is
also available on the park's website: www.nps.gov/seki.
Park concession operators will be required to obtain a reservation
through the Wilderness Office before beginning their trips. All other
commercial users beginning a wilderness trip from a trailhead within
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks will also be required to make
a reservation through the Wilderness Office. Those commercial users
operating under an Incidental Business Permit will go through the
reservation system and be assessed the $10 fee per reservation (trips
beginning outside the park do not require this).
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