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America the Beautiful Passes: Save on National Park Visits

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As you travel across our great nation, the one thing that you can find almost anywhere that you go are National and State Parks.

The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016 and they are rolling out all kinds of park promotions, including the FREE National Park Days that I shared with you earlier this season. If you have plans to travel to a National Park travel plans in the future, consider one of these America the Beautiful Pass options for keeping more money in your traveling pocket!

America the Beautiful National Park Passes

National Parks Annual Pass

The price of an America the Beautiful National Park Annual Pass is $80 and is available to anyone age 16 and older. These annual passes can be purchased in person at Federal recreation sites, by calling 1-888-ASK USGS (1-888-275-8747), Ext. 3 (8 am to 4 pm Mountain time), or you can purchase your America the Beautiful Pass online.

These National Park annual passes are non-transferable, but one really neat thing about these passes is that each annual pass can have up to two “owners” which means that you can go in on a pass with a friend or relative. Pass owners do not need to be related or married, which makes this an even better deal if you have friends with mutual travel interests.

If you have any questions about the annual pass, you can find more information on the FAQ page here.

Free Annual Pass for U.S. Military

If you are in the military (thank you for your service!) then you can obtain a FREE Annual Pass! Passes are available to current U.S. military members and dependents in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard, as well as Reserve and National Guard members.

These passes must be obtained in person at a Federal recreation site by showing a Common Access Card (CAC) or Military ID (Form 1173). Find out more about the Annual Pass for U.S. Military.

Annual 4th Grade Pass

Do you have a 4th grader in your family? Right now families of U.S. 4th graders (including home-schooled and free-choice learners 10 years of age) can get free access to our National Parks with a valid Every Kid in a Park paper pass.

Paper passes can be obtained by visiting the Every Kid in a Park website and can be exchanged for a plastic Annual Pass at certain Federal recreation sites. Educators can also be involved, and you can learn more on the Every Kid in a Park website.

Volunteer Annual Pass

Did you know can actually earn a FREE Volunteer Pass by donating your time every year? Annual Passes are free to volunteers with 250 service hours with Federal agencies that participate in the Interagency Pass Program. To learn more about this program, contact your local Federal recreation site for more information about volunteer opportunities or visit Volunteer.gov.

Senior Pass for National Parks

Seniors have the option to purchase a Lifetime Pass for only $10. These passes are available for U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over and may be obtained in person at a Federal recreation site or through the mail using this application form ($10 document processing fee applies). Learn more about the Senior Pass.

Free Access Passes for Disabled Citizens

U.S. citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities can obtain free Lifetime Access Passes. These passes may be obtained in person at a Federal recreation site or through the mail using this application form. The cost of obtaining an Access Pass through the mail is $10 for processing the application, although the pass itself is free. Applicants must provide documentation of permanent disability and residency or citizenship.

Where can these National Park Passes be used?

The Forest Service, the National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and U.S. Army Corp of Engineers will all honor the American the Beautiful Pass at sites where Entrance or Standard Amenity Fees (day use fees) are charged.

The passes also work for vehicle admittance into national parks. Each pass covers the pass owner plus three adults. Children under 16 are free. So, depending on the ages of your children, these passes may cover the admission of your entire family into the parks!

Whether you are exploring a National Park or camping in a National Forest, these opportunities provide for not only educational family travel, but priceless memories and time in the great outdoors!

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