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Popular national parks to raise fees to $35, not $70

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In this photo provided by the National Park Service, visitors to Mather Point on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, view a rare weather phenomenon. (AP Photo/National Park Service, Michael Quinn) In this photo provided by the National Park Service, visitors to Mather Point on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, view a rare weather phenomenon. (AP Photo/National Park Service, Michael Quinn)
WASHINGTON (AP) -

The Interior Department is increasing fees at the most popular national parks to $35 per vehicle, backing down from an earlier plan that would have forced visitors to pay $70 per vehicle to visit the Grand Canyon, Yosemite and other iconic parks.

A plan announced Thursday would boost fees at 17 popular parks by $5, up from the current $30 but far below the figure Interior proposed last fall.

The plan by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke drew widespread opposition from lawmakers and governors of both parties, who said the higher fees could exclude many Americans from enjoying national parks. The agency received more than 109,000 comments on the plan, most of them opposed.

The fee increases apply to Yellowstone, Zion, Mount Rainier, Rocky Mountain and Grand Teton parks, among others.

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