BOZEMAN – As reported Tuesday, the Park Service is looking at raising entrance fees at several national parks including Yellowstone.

If proposed increases go through, the cost to get into the park would be $70, about double what it costs now.

The Bozeman Chamber of Commerce is looking at ways to help those get into the park not just during the summer. The Chamber says it would deter some out of state visitors, but it could create a better experience because the park wouldn’t be overcrowded.

“To me, it’s like a double-edged sword. Yes, you’re limiting the people that may be coming to visit, but we are giving those people a lot better experience when they are here and they stay longer,” said Daryl Schliem, president & CEO of the Bozeman Chamber of Commerce.

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The Chamber also stated it is working with hotels and resorts trying to market less expensive winter rates to allow more guests access to go into the park year round.

-Kenneth Webb reporting for MTN

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