By Brice Wallace

The Utah tourism board is pushing back against a National Park Service proposal to increase fees at 17 national parks, saying that it could unintentionally hurt certain commercial activities there.

The Utah Board of Tourism Development, during a recent meeting in St. George, approved a letter to the Park Service that points out several concerns about the proposed increase.

The Park Service has proposed fee hikes during peak seasons at 17 parks — from the current $30 per vehicle to $70, good for seven days — and revised fees for road-based commercial tours as a way to generate revenue for a backlog of park improvements. In Utah, Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands and Zion national parks would be affected. Capital Reef would not.

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