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7 Reasons to Support Our National Parks with a National Parks Pass

7 Reasons to Support our National Parks with a National Parks Pass

The National Parks Pass allows the general public, you and me, access to Federal lands that charge an entrance fee.

At sites that charge a per vehicle fee, the pass allows the user and other passengers in her car to enter under one pass. For sites that charge a per person fee, the pass allows the user and three other adults (for a total of 4) into those areas using the pass holders’ pass. Children 15 and under receive free admission.

Visiting the Grand Canyon- 7 Reasons You Should Support Our National Parks

Why you should consider a National Parks Pass for Your Family

  1. Passes provide access to over 2000 federal recreation sites. That’s a lot of parks to visit! My family makes it a point to visit at least one national park each time we travel. The parks vary from mountains to volcanoes, to waterfalls to historical attractions.  With hiking trails in many parks and nearly all accessible of a tour in your vehicle. There are tons of options, depending on what parks your family is interested in visiting.
  2. The National Heritage Areas, part of the 400 national parks, tell the stories of American history. These designated areas are where natural, cultural, and historic resources are combined in one location. Plus, you can collect cancelation stamps from parks that participate in the Passport to Your National Parks© program.
  3. Some parks offer a Jr. Ranger program (an additional fee may apply), allowing you to add to the educational element during your visit. Many programs focus on events that are important to our history.
  4. With one or more national park in every state, you’re only a few hours away from some of the most fantastic natural areas in the country. Wouldn’t it be cool to visit a park in every state? It’s one of my life goals.
  5. The proceeds from annual pass sales are used to improve and enhance the federal recreation sites, ensuring that future generations can enjoy the parks like we do.
  6. When you experience the beauty surrounding you at the parks you visit, you’ll never be more excited to part with your money and give it to the government. How’s that for a plus?
  7. The travel memories will last a lifetime. Guaranteed.

7 Reasons to Support Our National Parks with a National Parks Pass
A summary of passes available from the National Park Service can be found on their website. Free passes are available to active US military personnel, US citizens with permanent disabilities, volunteers with over 250 hours of service with federal agencies that participate in the Interagency Pass Program. Deeply discounted passes for senior citizens are also available.

Do you love our national parks? What park is your favorite?

Karen

Tuesday 3rd of March 2015

Adults can earn the Junior Ranger badges too! I didn't know that before I worked as a park ranger.

Tonya

Wednesday 4th of March 2015

That's good to know, Karen! I've asked at a couple parks and they didn't allow adults to do the Jr. Ranger so I quit asking and figured it was a policy across the board. Now that I know better I may try some of my own.

Shell Feis

Tuesday 3rd of March 2015

Now that my son is a little older, we're going to start checking out the National Parks more. I love being in nature!

Tonya

Wednesday 4th of March 2015

You really can't go wrong with the national parks! I've never been disappointed.

Sara P. (@SensiblySara)

Monday 2nd of March 2015

We are HUGE fans of the National (and State) parks! I don't think I can pick ONE favorite - I like them ALL!

Tonya

Wednesday 4th of March 2015

I know what you mean about picking one favorite. They are all so different. But if I really, really had to pick one the Grand Canyon would be a top pick.

lisa

Monday 2nd of March 2015

I would love to travel park to park for vacation! This is a great pass!

Tonya

Wednesday 4th of March 2015

That would be my dream vacation- spending two years traveling through the national parks by RV. Is that too long for a vacation? lol

Liz Mays

Monday 2nd of March 2015

I couldn't possibly choose a favorite park, but I love them so much. I have the BEST memories from visiting soooooo many of them in my life. I would like to do them all over again!

Tonya

Wednesday 4th of March 2015

I always want to visit the same parks over and over again.

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