The five-month contiguous periods would be implemented in three separate phases.
Glacier and Yellowstone are on the list of national parks that could see a substantial increase in entrance prices.
The proposed entrance fee would be $30 per person, up from the current $10 fee, $70 per vehicle and $50 per motorcycle.
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"Secretary Zinke would rather take money directly out of the pockets of hardworking Americans instead of coming up with a serious budget proposal for the National Park System", said Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.), the ranking member of the House Natural Resources Committee.
The National Park Services the following year noted a 7.7 percent increase in visits from 2015.
The 17 parks that will be affected by the price hike have averaged almost a 20 percent increase in recreational visits between the periods of 2007-2011 and 2012-2016, per data from the NPS. Visitors learn about the pursuit of gold, but the ones we spoke with Wednesday don't see anything golden about paying more for the country's most popular parks.
The $80 annual pass that permits entrance into all federal parks would keep the same price tag.
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"Given the scale of the backlog, fees alone can not be the answer to this enormous challenge", the National Parks Conversation Association said in a statement Tuesday.
"Targeted fee increases at some of our most-visited parks will help ensure that they are protected and preserved in perpetuity and that visitors enjoy a world-class experience that mirrors the unbelievable destinations they are visiting". Those sites, which stretch from Denali in Alaska to Acadia in ME, generate 70 percent of all park entrance fees. The rationale is the same this time around: to address a maintenance backlog and infrastructure projects.
Opponents of the fee hike also say that infrastructure improvements should be funded by the government through better allocation of taxpayer money, not additional fees collected from visitors.
The new park fees aren't official yet.
Park-specific annual passes for any of the 17 parks would be available for $75 while the cost of the annual America the lovely passes, which provide entrance to all federal lands for a one-year period, would remain $80.
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The news of the possible increase did not sit will people who frequent the park. "The national parks offer SO MUCH MORE".