Did you know that we have 62 main National Parks in the US of A and it’s territories? There are over 300 smaller parks that the National Parks Service takes care of with a total of 423 that we can go visit and learn more about. That’s my aim. I want to visit all of them. The Park store even has a Passport book you can purchase to stamp your visits. Isn’t that neat?
Acadia, Arches, Badlands, Big Bend, Biscayne, Black Canyon, Bryce Canyon, canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Carlsbad Caverns, Catechin, Channel Islands, Congaree, Crater Lake, Cuyahoga Valley, Death valley Denali, Dry Tortugas, Everglades, Gates of the Arctic, Gateway Arch, Glacier, Grand Canyon, Grand Teton, Great Basin, Great Sand Dunes, Great Smoky Mountains, Guadalupe Mountains, Haleakala, Hawaii Volcanoes, Hot Springs, Indiana Dunes, Isle Royale, Joshua Tree, Katmai, Kenai Fjords, Kings Canyon, Kobuk Valley, Lake Clark, Lassen Volcanic, Mammoth Cave, Mesa Verde, Mount Rainier, National Park of American Samoa, North Cascades, Olympic, Petrified Forest, Pinnacles, Piscataway, Prince William, Redwood, Rock Creek, Rocky Mountain, saguaro, Sequoia, Shenandoah, Sitka, Theodore Roosevelt, Virgin Islands, Voyageurs, White Sands, Wind Cave, Wolf Trap, Wrangell-St. Elias, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Zion
If you plan on seeing any of the 2,000 federal recreation sites this year, you might want to consider a park pass. It covers entrance to the parks, wildlife refuges, forest and grasslands, lands managed by Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation & US Army corps of Engineers; as well as, standard amenities (sorry, camping is not included). The pass includes everyone in the car or four adults depending on the entrance rules.
4th Grade Pass
Do you have a 4th grader? You can get in FREE for one full year after validating it. It provides entrance to the 4th grader and three other people. following year. I wish I would have known about this when my daughter and son were in 4th grade. You better believe I would have used this to show them some of the beautiful areas of the country.
This pass is for US citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities. When you apply, you must provide documentation of a permanent disability. It provides a 50 percent discount on some amenity fees. While this is a free pass, if you decide to apply on line, there is a $10 fee.
The annual pass is currently $80 for the year and anyone can purchase it. It is also non-transferable.
Military Veterans & Gold Star Families Pass
If you have a DoD Card, Veteran Health ID Card, Veteran ID Card or a Veteran designation on your driver’s license, then you can get in the parks free. There is no expiration date on this pass as of this post.
If you have lost a member of your family that lost their life while serving in the military due to war, terrorist attack or military operation outside the USA and you are the next of kin, you qualify for the Gold Star pass.
This is a lifetime pass for US citizens or permanent residents that have reached the age of 62 or older. The cost of the pass is a one time fee of $80. Not only can you go to the national parks, but you also receive discounts on Expanded Amenity Fees – camping, swimming, boat launching and guided tours.
If you don’t want the lifetime pass, you can purchase an annual one for $20..
This pass is free and is good for 12 months from the date of it being issued. You must have at least 250 volunteer service hours with federal agencies that participate in the Interagency Pass Program.
If you can’t get to any of the parks personally, don’t worry, you can visit them virtually. Let me know what your favorite park is or all the parks that you’ve visited. Maybe I’ll see you there.
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