We were met by Shawn Hall who began showing us how they have managed the two Entrance Stations and several Trail Heads within the park. Collecting fees at the Entrance Stations is pretty straight forward with hired attendants working the registers. But how do they collect fees at the Trail Heads where parks commonly will leave a box and hope that visitors are carrying cash?
With technology of course!
Shawn has developed a system where any visitor with a phone, (which is probably most of them), can simply scan a QR code and pay the fees online. They receive an email receipt and one is also sent to Shawn so that he can keep his records up to date.
Our visit to this beautiful National Park was both fun and informative and we can't wait to work with these great people again.