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White Sands National Monument to raise pass prices

White Sands National Monument will raise entrance fees in January to offset infrastructure costs.

The National Park Service announced servicewide fee increases last April for all parks it manages that charge entrance fees.

The national monument will incorporate the new entrance fee schedule to provide additional funding for “infrastructure and maintenance needs to enhance the visitor experience” according to a White Sands news release.

Funds from the entrance fees remain with the National Park Service but 80 percent of revenue generated by White Sands National Monument stays with the monument.

The new increase will go into effect Jan. 1, 2020, and the new entrance fees to the park will be as follows: $25 per vehicle; $15 per person; or $20 per motorcycle.

The price of the White Sands National Monument Pass will be $45, however, the America the Beautiful National Parks, the Federal Recreational Lands annual pass, and the Lifetime senior pass will remain $80.

Currently, monument entrance fees are $20 per vehicle, $10 per person, $10 per motorcycle and $40 for an annual pass, according to the WSNM website.

The Access Pass and annual passes for U.S. Military will remain free.

Entrance fees paid will be valid for entry into the park for seven consecutive days from date of purchase.

According to Park Service, revenue from the entrance fees at White Sands has made rehabilitation of accessible Interdune Boardwalk Trail possible, as well as restoration of porch poles of the historic Spanish pueblo adobe Visitors Center.

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