Chiricahua National Monument waives fees for summer - Tucson News Now

Chiricahua National Monument waives fees for summer

Chiricahua National Monument (Source: National Park Service) Chiricahua National Monument (Source: National Park Service)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Chiricahua National Monument will be waiving its entrance and camping fees for Bonita Canyon Campground this summer, according to a recent National Park Service release.

All entrance fees, normally $5 per person and camping fees, normally $12 per site per night or $6 per site using the America the Beautiful pass, will be waived beginning June 1, according to the release.  The fees have been waived due to low attendance, said Acting Superintendent Matt Stoffolano, during the summer months, and special park passes.

"These days the majority of visitors to Chiricahua National Monument do not pay entrance fees, because they already have one of the federal park passes. The amount of money we collect at the park, particularly during the lower visitation summer season, has dropped over the years, while the costs of collecting and processing this monies have climbed higher," said Stoffolano. "We want to make sure we are using best business practices and will use this summer to fully analyze our options for the future."

Fees, both camping and entrance will be waived from June 1 to September 30.  Visitors to the area should be sure to stop by the visitor center for a park map and updates on current conditions.  The visitor center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  The park is open 24 hours a day, though certain activities may be canceled due to weather or other hazardous conditions.  Vehicles longer than 29 feet are not allowed in the campground or on the scenic drive, past the visitor center.

Chiricahua National Monument is four miles east of the junction of Arizona Highways 181 and 186.  There are no drinks, food or gas available at the park. 

For more information please call (520) 824-3560 ext. 0 or go online to www.nps.gov/chir.

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