Coronado National Forest (Arizona) officials are seeking comment in the coming months about proposed increases in recreation fees at developed picnic areas, campgrounds and group sites.

According to Arizona Daily Star, it costs about $3.8 million a year to maintain developed sites, not including trails and remote camping areas, said Heidi Schewel, a spokeswoman for the forest service.

Currently, the revenue to operate and maintain developed sites is about $1.3 million a year, which is a $2.5 million shortage, Schewel said. She said about 50% of the funding comes from tax dollars allocated by Congress, with the rest from fees.

Under the proposal:

  • Fees for day-use sites would go to $8 from $5 per day.
  • Campground fees would increase to $20 from $10 per night.
  • A $50 flat fee, plus a $10 vehicle charge per day, is suggested for group sites with both picnic and camping.

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