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

Friday Check-In | July 13, 2018

July 13, 2018

In this week’s Friday Check-In, we share findings from our recent Travel Trends Index, provide updates on the National Parks Service funding bill and the upcoming ESTO event coming to Phoenix, Arizona.

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White House Ruin trail at Canyon de Chelly National Monument

Bipartisan ‘Restore Our Parks Act’: A Dedicated Solution for the $12 Billion Maintenance Needs in Our National Parks

July 03, 2018

The bill—a compromise between the previously introduced National Park Service Legacy Act and the National Park Restoration Act—would establish a fund called the “National Park Service Legacy Restoration Fund.”

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Delicate Arch in Arches National Park.

National Park Week: Get Out and See the Shining Stars of the NPS

April 25, 2018

The National Park Service’s (NPS) April 21-29 “National Park Week” is a way to celebrate and bring awareness to the many unique parks across our country.

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U.S. Travel Industry Connects in Nation's Capital

March 22, 2018

Hundreds of members of the travel industry convened in Washington this week at Destination Capitol Hill to make our collective voice heard on priority issues.

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Travel Leaders Urge Congress to Prioritize Airport Modernization

November 03, 2017

Dozens of leaders representing major segments of the travel industry are urging lawmakers in both chambers of Congress to address much-needed enhancements in the aviation system. In a letter signed by 145 organizations, our industry asks lawmakers in the House and Senate to advance a Senate-passed approach to airport funding with a cap adjustment to the Passenger Facility Charge.

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White House Ruin trail at Canyon de Chelly National Monument

Preserving Our National Parks: Raising Entrance Fees Can’t Be the Only Solution

October 31, 2017

The travel community believes user fees should be part the discussion, but must be part of a balanced approach to tackling NPS’s maintenance backlog. 

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