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The Interior Department has sharply scaled back its proposed national park entrance fee hike

In October, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke proposed at least doubling the entrance fee at 17 heavily visited national parks, to $70 per car from the typical $30, and $30 for bikes or pedestrians from $15. On Thursday, the National Park Service said that after reviewing public comment, it has decided to raise fees by an average of $5 across all 117 national parks that charge entrance fees. "An investment in our parks is an investment in America," Zinke said in a statement. "I want to thank the American people who made their voices heard through the public comment process on the original fee proposal."

Under the new fees, which take effect June 1, most seven-day vehicle passes will cost $35, and a $15 pedestrian pass will cost $20. The annual America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass will stay $80, as will the Lifetime Senior Pass. The National Park Service said the extra $5 will raise an extra $60 million a year, and all revenue will stay in the NPS, with at least 80 percent remaining in the park where it's collected. Here's a list of current and new fees at all national parks.