Entrance fees are valid for seven days. An increase in the annual Cabrillo Park Pass from $20 to $30 is also planned. The new fees could take effect in January of 2018. The NPS began collecting entrance fees at Cabrillo in 1987. This would be only the second increase in 31 years.
Comments may be submitted at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/cabr or email firstname.lastname@example.org between Sept. 1 and Sept. 30. Comments may also be submitted in writing to the Park Superintendent, 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive, San Diego, CA 92106 during the comment period.
Eighty percent of the entrance fees collected at Cabrillo stay at the park. These funds preserve natural and cultural resources, improve visitor facilities, and provide educational and recreational opportunities.
Projects funded with entrance fees include the development of a curriculum-based education program for the San Salvador Ship in partnership with the Maritime Museum of San Diego; construction of restroom facilities at the intertidal area; and construction of the Whale and Kelp Forest Overlook. Projects planned for the future include installation of 38 new wayside exhibits, repair of the damaged Bayside Trail; production of a new signature film for Cabrillo; improved accessibility to park structures and resources; and an upgrade of informational displays for the WWI and WWII bunkers.
Entrance fees are never charged for visitors under 16 years of age, or holders of the America the Beautiful Pass, Federal Recreational Senior Pass, Access Pass, Military Pass or 4th Grader Pass. All of these passes may be obtained at the Cabrillo entrance station during business hours.