The fee you pay to enter the parks makes a diﬀerence
A full 80% of the fees we collect stays in the parks and are used to maintain and improve facilities and services that enhance your park experience. Each year, we evaluate our most-needed projects and prioritize activities such as updating informational signage, repairing trails, contacting visitors and sharing safety information, and making facilities more accessible to all.
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Evaluating Services and Facilities to Improve Universal Access
At Sequoia and Kings Canyon, we recognize that barriers to universal accessibility exist at some facilities and in the services we offer. In 2018, entrance fee dollars funded a comprehensive review of facilities and key experiences in the parks. This allowed us to identify ways we can make a difference. In the future, you can expect to see the following improvements:
Preventing Emergencies Through Wilderness Safety Education
There are 837,594 acres of wilderness and 866 miles of trails in the parks, and people come from across the world to hike here. Notably, people come to experience the challenge of a through-hike on the Pacific Crest Trail or travel the well-known John Muir Trail. In 2019, the parks had 154 search and rescue incidents, the highest in recorded history. To help reduce wilderness emergencies, the parks use entrance fees to improve wilderness education and fund search and rescue training for rangers. By placing more rangers in key wilderness areas, we are able to talk to and help and estimated 20% more hikers per year. We provide safety information, or first aid and guidance, before a person's situation becomes an emergency. Using fee dollars in this way helps reduce the number of injuries, deaths, and helicopter evacuations from remote backcountry areas.
Last updated: October 5, 2023