Entrance and user fees at Olympic National Park will increase on June 1, 2018, following the busy Memorial Day Weekend. This is the park's third fee increase since January 2006. The last one was June 1, 2015.
For a car, the entrance fee is $30, effective June 1, 2018, and valid for 7 consecutive days. This fee admits one private, non-commercial vehicle (15 passenger capacity or less) and all occupants. It will cost a person in a motorcycle $25 and is valid for 7 consecutive days. For those walking or biking in, it will cost $15 and be valid for 7 consecutive days. Youth 15 and under are admitted free of charge.
The Olympic National Park Annual Pass costs $60, effective June 1, 2018, and is good at for entry into the park for one year from the month of purchase. Passes can be purchased at Olympic National Park visitor centers and entrance stations.
A new fee schedule for park entrance and user fees was proposed last fall and public feedback and comments were invited during a comment period. Several changes were made to the original proposal in response to public input.
In 2015, the fee increase allowed the park to pay for visitor services.
"We're grateful for the comments we received last fall," said Olympic National Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum in 2015. "Entrance and overnight wilderness use fees will be phased in over several years, based in large part on suggestions from stakeholders and the public."
"The money from user and entrance fees provides vital funding for visitor facilities like water and wastewater systems, campgrounds, roads, trails and visitor centers," said Creachbaum.
At Olympic in 2014, approximately $2.2 million in fee revenue provided for improved visitor facilities and services, including trail and wilderness bridge repair, new visitor center exhibits and operation of the park's wilderness information program.
In summer 2015, visitors found newly improved accessible parking spaces and walkways at the Hoh and Quinault visitor centers, trail repairs in the Hoh and Sol Duc valleys and south coast route and wilderness information for hikers and backpackers.
"We are committed to providing all visitors with the best possible experience, while still providing affordable options to enjoy the park," said Olympic National Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum in 2015.