Idaho’s busiest parks hike fees for non-residents

Published: Jun. 10, 2021 at 2:47 PM MDT
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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho’s most popular state parks started doubling camping fees for out-of-state residents on Thursday as required by a new state law.

Still, it will take at least a year to see if the move — intended to help more Idaho residents get spots in the parks — will have the desired effect. That’s because the state’s five most-popular parks were fully booked for the summer as soon as reservations opened up back in December.

Idaho State Parks reported a visitation record in 2020 of nearly 7.7 million people coming to the parks for day use and camping — 1.2 million more than the previous high number.

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