Rocky Mountain National Park is seeking public input on a proposed $15 extended benefit fee to provide automatic voluntary express gate transceivers for interested visitors with valid annual or lifetime passes.
In 2004, Rocky Mountain National Park established a highway at the entrance to Beaver Meadows and in 2011, an additional highway was installed at the entrance to Grand Lake. Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the only national parks with a fast pass for visitors. Visitors who purchased an annual park pass or a lifetime pass were able to use their card to operate the automated gate.
However, in 2019, the National Park Service revised the format for annual and lifetime passes. The new national permits are not compatible with the park’s current express gate system technology and the express gate has not been operational for the past few years. Based on this technological challenge, the park is proposing to switch to windshield transponders for interested annual and lifetime pass holders to access the freeway, outside of any temporary pass reservation system times.
The transceiver is a small device about the size of a credit card that attaches to a car window. Transceivers are not removable or transferable and will operate for less than one year or within the month of the expiration of a valid Annual Pass. If the park moves forward with this proposal, the park expects to begin sales of transponders in the late spring of 2023.
For more information and a list of frequently asked questions, please visit www.nps.gov/romo/getinvolved/proposal-for-expanded-amenity-fee-for-transponder-device.htm.
Public participation is an important part of the garden planning process. Rocky Mountain National Park is accepting public comments from July 1 to July 31, 2022, on proposed voluntary expanded facility fees. Please send all comments to: https://parkplanning.nps.gov/RMNP_FAST-PASS_TRANSPONDER_2022.
Comments can also be sent by mail to:
Rocky Mountain National Park
1000 US Hwy36
Estes Park, Colorado 80517
Please be aware, before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personally identifiable information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personally identifiable information—may be publicly available at any time. Although you can request in your comment that your personally identifiable information be withheld from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
For additional information about Rocky Mountain National Park, visit www.nps.gov/romo or call the park information office at (970) 586-1206.