National Park Service Entrance Passes

Yesterday was  Free Entrance Day at over 100 National Parks.  How many of you were able to go to your favorite national park to take advantage of this special day?

If you are not able to go yesterday, here is information on the various passes that are available through the park service:

The Senior Pass (formerly called Golden Eagle, Golden Age, Golden Access) is available for $10 for those who are 62 and older and are US citizens or permanent residents.  You can obtain it for $10 at a federal recreation site or by mail using this application form.   If you choose to get this pass through the mail, then the fee is $20.    When I went with a friend recently to get one, we asked “when does it expire?”  We were told that it expires when you do (a little national park humor).

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For those in the U.S. Military and their dependents,  you are eligible for a free Annual Pass that must be obtained at a Federal recreation site by showing your military ID or a Common Access Card.

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Annual Pass is $80 and is available to everyone.  They are available at any recreation site or online  or by calling 1-888-ASK USGS (1-888-275-8747), Ext. 1

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Access Pass is free for U.S. citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities.  It may be obtained in person or through the mail using this application form.  Applicants must provide documentation of permanent disability and residency or citizenship.

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Volunteer Pass is free for those volunteers with 250 service hours with federal agencies that participate in the Interagency Pass Program.  The five agencies that participate in the Interagency Pass Program are the National Park Service, US Forest Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management and the Bureau of Reclamation.  These site locations issue the passes.

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Now, a trivia question for you….what is the smallest national park in the United States.   Here is the answer.
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