TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Casa Grande Ruins National Monument announced that, effective Jan. 1, 2018, the monument's entrance fee will increase.
The increase comes after extensive civic engagement from Sept. 21 to Oct. 22, and support from federal, state and county stakeholders. Outreach included scheduled questions and answer meetings, three local community events, print media, and social media. Generally, the public was in support of the fee increase.
Under the authority of Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act, Casa Grande Ruins National Monument retains 100 percent of the recreation fees collected at the monument. Entrance fee revenues have provided funding for several projects at Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, all of which have focused on improvements to visitor services, visitor facilities, or visitor safety.
Past examples include construction of the new theater at the monument visitor center, repaving the visitor center parking area, producing a new park film, a ruins stabilization and preservation program, and new wayside exhibits, which are used by visitors to the monument every day.
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument currently charges a per person entrance fee of $5 for adults, ages 16 and over, for a 7-day pass.
The new entrance fee, beginning Jan. 1, 2018, will be $10 per person, age 16 or older, for a 7-day pass.
Prices of interagency passes (https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/passes.htm) will not be affected and holders of these passes will still receive free entry into the monument.