A proposed new fee structure for 17 national parks could potentially double daily entrance costs for tourists.

According to an Oct. 14 press release, Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Denali, Glacier, Grand Canyon, Grand Teton, Olympic, Sequoia & Kings Canyon, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Zion, Acadia, Mount Rainier, Rocky Mountain, Shenandoah and Joshua Tree national parks are being considered for the fee increase.

If implemented, fees at Yellowstone would increase to $70 per vehicle.

In Idaho, the Standard Examiner talked with local businesses about concerns they have regarding the price increases.

Dave Jacobson, owner of Dave’s Jubilee in Ashton, said he’s not sure how his business would be impacted.

“I’m sure it’s going to slow down the flow of traffic a little bit,” Jacobson said. “I always felt like they could have charged a little more. I don’t think it’s going to affect us as far as what they buy.”

Jacobson added that though the impact would be real, it’s difficult to tell whether it would be positive or negative.

Tiffany Messick, sales manager at Spring Hill Suites in Rexburg, had a similar opinion.

“That would definitely have an impact on us,” she said. “We’re not sure how much, because when some people take a vacation they already plan on spending money.”

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