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California parks: soaring fees hit users hard

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Is California’s state park system pricing out the public? That’s Chronicle outdoors columnist Tom Stienstra’s take, and it’s hard to argue with it. Ten years ago, it cost $2 to park and $12 to camp at state parks. It’s $10 to park and $35 and up to camp now. The result? Campsites normally filled during peak summer weekends are sitting empty as would-be visitors stay away.

The culprit: evaporating state funding since the long-gone days when California parks were the gold-standard among state parks nationally.

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