The National Park Service preserves America’s natural and cultural treasures, attracting visitors from across the country and around the world.

Quick Facts

From the Grand Canyon to Yellowstone to the Statue of Liberty, America’s national parks and monuments are a major draw for visitors from across the U.S. and around the world. Beyond their natural beauty and historic significance, these sites also contribute heavily to America’s local and national economies. Unfortunately, many of these sites are suffering from a severe maintenance backlog, leaving national parks facilities like campgrounds, roads, restrooms and information centers in dire need of improvements.

U.S. Travel supports adequate maintenance funding for the NPS to ensuring that visitors keep coming back to our national parks and monuments—and that local economies stay afloat.

Recommendations

Support the National Park Service Legacy Act

Aging infrastructure and decades of underfunding have resulted in a backlog of maintenance repairs that is estimated at $11.6 billion. The Legacy Act would establish a federal fund to provide dedicated annual resources to restore national park infrastructure.

Restore Park Funding

The quality of the visitor experience depends on the capacity to keep parks open, trails maintained and visitor centers staffed. Budget cuts in recent years have shortened park hours, reduced the number of rangers and deferred park operations and maintenance. Basic federal investment is needed to protect park resources and the countless local economies that depend on them.

Reauthorize Fee Authority

The Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (FLREA) authorizes the National Park Service to issue annual passes and charge entry fees. This revenue is essential to underwrite maintenance, education and law enforcement at individual parks. Unless FLREA is renewed, national parks will lose about millions annually.

Research, News and Commentary on National Parks

U.S. Travel’s 2018 Year in Review

December 28, 2018

While 2018 presented challenges and opportunities alike, we are fortunate to be able to look back on many successes on several fronts. Here’s a look back at 2018. 

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Friday Check-In

2018 Key Moments

December 21, 2018

In this week’s Friday Check-In, we take a look back at key moments this year.

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Friday Check-In

Friday Check-In | December 7, 2018

December 07, 2018

In this week’s Friday Check-In, Tori Barnes examines various year-end scenarios in Washington and explains what these could mean for Brand USA’s renewal and national parks funding.

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