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Old 07-26-22, 11:10 AM
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Hiker/biker fees for kids

Currently in Yellowstone with our 11y/o daughter. Park entrance is free for under 16, but no mention about biker campsites. She got in free once, but we were told that the rate applies to everyone.

Anyone here knows what the policy is (ideally with a link to some official source)

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Old 07-26-22, 11:34 AM
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At this site: https://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/grantcg.htm

It says "Hiker/bicyclist Nightly Fee
This is the per-person cost for a hiker/bicyclist campsite for one night.
$9.40"

No mention of any breaks for kids.
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Old 07-26-22, 12:20 PM
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She would have been able to get into the park for free with the Every Kid Outdoors program for 4th graders: https://www.nationalparks.org/our-wo...y-kid-outdoors
That covers the park entrance fee, but not campsite or other fees.
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Kids always got into the drive-in movies for free, when I was a kid. After 18, you had to sneak in, in the trunk, like everyone else. 😁
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Originally Posted by timdow View Post
At this site: https://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/grantcg.htm

It says "Hiker/bicyclist Nightly Fee
This is the per-person cost for a hiker/bicyclist campsite for one night.
$9.40"

No mention of any breaks for kids.
Why not just round it up or down to $10 or $9?

Reminds me of the last time I was up in Yaak, MT. Pete Creek Campground was $7/night. I was staying two nights but didn’t have any $1 bills. Luckily, I wanted firewood, which was $6 for an armload, and I had a $20 bill. (Hosts are not allowed to make change.)
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Originally Posted by gauvins View Post
Currently in Yellowstone with our 11y/o daughter. Park entrance is free for under 16, but no mention about biker campsites....<snip>
Can't help with your question but curious: Were you able to ride up and get a hiker/biker campsite on the fly, or did you have to reserve? The Yellowstone site mentions there are a few hiker/biker sites, but not clear if that's a no-cyclist-turned-away policy like many state campgrounds on the coast.
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Old 07-27-22, 03:04 PM
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
Why not just round it up or down to $10 or $9?
Probably because they have used a percentage based price increase system over the decades.
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Originally Posted by sapporoguy View Post
Can't help with your question but curious: Were you able to ride up and get a hiker/biker campsite on the fly, or did you have to reserve? The Yellowstone site mentions there are a few hiker/biker sites, but not clear if that's a no-cyclist-turned-away policy like many state campgrounds on the coast.
That was the policy back in 2000, and I think it still is today. I tried to make a reservation in W. Yellowstone before entering the park and was told I could not and that space for me would be found. It was. One night I had to share a site with some people who had walked in, but I got a site. The NPS doesn’t want people “wild camping” because that can cause problems with bears, among other things.
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Originally Posted by sapporoguy View Post
Can't help with your question but curious: Were you able to ride up and get a hiker/biker campsite on the fly, or did you have to reserve? The Yellowstone site mentions there are a few hiker/biker sites, but not clear if that's a no-cyclist-turned-away policy like many state campgrounds on the coast.
Just showed up. Plenty of space at Madison and Canyon.
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