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Nat’l Parks Passports–Best Bargain Going

In Information-Usefull, National Parks, postaweek2011, RVing on March 12, 2011 at 2:45 am

My friends, If you are reading this blog, there is a good chance that you are interested in some thing related to National Parks, Monuments or Campgrounds. That is great, you have come to the right place. There  are so many National Parks and Monuments located throughout these United States that it would be a shame to bring your children up without introducing them to the natural beauty that nature has put right here in our great nation. Get yourself motivated and plan to take your family to at least one National Park or Monument this year. Try it, you may like it. Go on the internet, if you possibly can  first, and look up the State that you wish to visit or to your own State and look up “National Park and Monuments”. Pick one that you would like to visit and look up the history of it so you will know what to look for when you get there.

Buy the “Golden Eagle” passport,  which is good for one year for $50.00.The pass includes every one in your vehicle or if in a group, you and your immediate family.

Great Smoky Mountains

If you are over 62 you can buy the “Golden Age Passport” good for life for $10.00.  Also, in addition to entrance to Parks and Monuments, You can get a 50% discount at the National Forest and the Army Corps of Engineering campgrounds. The Golden Access Passport is for any person who is blind or permanently disabled. It is free of charge and gives you the same benefits as the Golden Age pass.

Acadia-Maine

The government has established the Golden Eagle,GOLDEN AGE and GOLDEN ACCESS PASSPORT that when obtained allow the public to enter fee areas without additional charge. This is very convenient when traveling to several areas that charge an entrance fee…..Please note that the passports are non-transferable.They can not be loaned to someone else.The pass belongs to the person who signs it.

Zion

Golden Eagle Passport–This is an entrance pass to those national parks, monuments, historic sites, recreation areas and national wild life refuges that charge an entrance fee. The golden Eagle passport costs $50 and is valid for one year from date of purchase. You may purchase a Golden Eagle Passport at any NPS entrance fee area or by mail send a $50 check or money order (do not send cash) to: National Park Service 1100 Ohio Drive, SW Room 138 , Washington, DC 20242, Attention: Golden Eagle   Passport

Canyonland

The Golden Eagle Passport admits the passholder and any accompanying passengers in a private vehicle.Where entry is not by private vehicle,the passport admits the passholder, spouse, children, and parents.

The Golden Eagle Passport does not cover or reduce use fees, such as for swimming, camping parking,boat launching,or cave tours. It is valid for entrance fees only.

Mesa Verde

Golden Age Passport–This is a life time entrance pass for those 62 years or older. The Golden Age passport has a one time processing charge of $10.You must purchase a Golden Age Passport in person (it is not available by mail or telephone). This can be done,  at any NPS entrance fee area. At time of purchase you must show proof of age (be 62 years or older) and be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.

The golden Age Passport admits the passholder and accompanying passengers in a private vehicle. Where entry is not in a private vehicle, the passport admits the passholder, spouse, children, and parents.

The Golden Age Passport also provides a 50% discount on federal use fees charged for facilities and services such as for camping, swimming, parking, boat launching, or cave tours. It does not cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessioners.

Golden Access Passport–This is a free lifetime entrance pass for persons who are blind or permanently disabled. It is available to citizens or permanent residents of the United States, regardless of age, who have been blind or permanently disabled. You may obtain a Golden Access Passport at any entrance fee area by showing proof of medically determined disability and eligibility for reciving benefits under the federal law.

The Golden Access Passport admits the passholder and accompanying passengers in a private vehicle.Where entry is not in a private vehicle, the passport admits the passholder ,  spouse, children, and parents.

Carlsbad canyon-New Mexio

The Golden Access Passport also provides  a 50% discount for facilities and services such as for camping, swimming, parking, boat launching, or cave tours. It does not cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged.

There you are, my friends, an opportunity of a lifetime. A chance to visit our National Monuments and National Parks throughout this great country of ours, with a small  priced annual  pass-port. There are many National Parks and Army Corps of Engineers areas that have wonderful campgrounds available at a reasonable cost. (Citizens 62 years old and disabled persons get a 50% discount) The majority, if not all Nat’l Parks have a tenting  area. (Most of the A.C.E. campgrounds are on or close to lakes for boating etc).

You only have your children with you for such a short period of time in your lifetime. Don’t blow it. Get out and do things with them while you can. Take plenty of pictures to remind you of what they looked like and the fun you had, when you all get older. You will be glad that you did !

Happy Trails, My Friends, Happy Trails

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