On Thursday, the Valles Caldera Trust Board of Trustees voted unanimously to amend the fees assessed for admission to, and the use and occupancy of, the Valles Caldera National Preserve.
The proposal will replace the current system, in which fees are assessed based on an a la carte, per person basis, with what the board believed to be a more streamlined and cost-effective entry fee system.
The new entry fee, $20 per vehicle and $10 per person when entering on foot or bicycle, would be valid for seven days and cover all self-guided recreational activities, certain guided hiking and van tours, as well as the use of the backcountry shuttle.
Also, the Trust will also begin to honor all annual federal lands access passes, including senior and military passes. Rates for guided activities, hunting, fishing, lodging, education programming, location rental fees, commercial activities and special use permits would also be standardized under this proposal.
According to a press release, the changes are being proposed to ensure that fees are fair and equitable to all visitors, are easy to understand, and to make access to and enjoyment of the Valles Caldera more affordable for families and local residents.