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Jun 10th 2018, 01:22 PM   #1
 
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Visiting Federal Outdoor Recreation Sites? Consider an Interagency Pass

I originally brought this topic up a few years ago in another thread. However, since a few changes in pricing were made last year, I decided to just post up a new thread with the updated information rather than just "Bumping" the old one

If your someone who spends a lot of time visiting our National Parks, Forests, or Monuments you might want to consider getting an Interagency Pass. For those who don't know what I'm talking about, there are a series of "Interagency Passes" that are available, which grant access to most Federal lands and venues. Besides covering the entrance fees at most Federal recreation facilities (National Parks), the passes also cover most (federal) facilities that require day use fees. This includes venues that state "Forestry Pass Required" (such as Mt. St. Helens). In addition to National Parks, and Forests, they also cover BLM lands and facilities. The Passes are also sometimes referred to as: "America the Beautiful Passes" as well as "The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Series". There are several that are available, based upon your eligibility.

First off, are the Interagency Senior Passes which are available to those who are age 62 years or older. There are two types: Annual and Lifetime. The Annual only costs $20 and is good for a year. The Lifetime costs $80 and is good for life. Additionally, these passes often offer additional discounts of 50% off at campgrounds and other facilities, so the savings can keep adding up.

Similar to the Senior Passes is the Interagency Access Pass. This is also a lifetime pass, but is free ($0 cost) for those with documented disabilities.

Another free (no cost) Pass is the Interagency Annual Military Pass. Though not offering the additional 50% of at campgrounds and such, it still covers the entrance fees that the Senior Pass does, and is free ($0) to currently serving military personnel. It is good for one year.

For most everyone else is the Interagency Annual Pass which costs $80 and is good for a year. Other than the fact that it isn't free, it affords the same benefits as the Military Pass. This is one of those passes that you should think about carefully. If you rarely visit federal lands that require an entrance or day use fee, you might want to forgo getting one, as it may not be worth it. However, if you like to travel and plan on visiting several National Parks, Forests, or Monuments within a year, it may be worth it to you in cost savings.

Note: These passes are for Federal Recreation lands only. They do not replace the Washington State Discovery Pass, which only covers Washington State recreation sites (State Parks and Forests). If your not sure what pass (federal or state) you need for an area or site, you might want to look it up on the respective website.

Hope the info helps.
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Jun 11th 2018, 05:16 AM   #2
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For anyone who likes to hit MRNP during the snow season, does backcountry recreation in the summer, etc. the annual pass quickly becomes a bargain.

I have more than paid off my lifetime geezer pass.
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