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Apr
14
2010

Saving at National Parks-Access Pass

Last year we took the kids to Mount Rushmore and we found out about some great deals.With summer approaching I thought it would be a great time to talk about some travel savings.In this post we will cover National Parks.

April 17th -25th is National Park week ! Get in free at over 392 National Parks.

Access Pass: Because of Daniel’s disease we found out that he qualifies for an Access Pass.

A free, lifetime pass – available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States that have been medically determined to have a permanent disability – that provides access to recreation areas managed by five Federal agencies.

The Access Pass admits pass owner/s and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at per-vehicle fee areas and pass owner + 3 adults, not to exceed 4 adults, where per-person fees are charged. (Children under 16 are always admitted free.) Note: Photo identification will be requested to verify pass ownership.

The Access Pass also provides the pass owner a discount on some Expanded Amenity Fees (see question #1 in Access Pass Benefits section).

Lifetime Senior Pass: Any U.S. citizen or permanent resident age 62 or older can qualify for a lifetime pass for only $10 that provides access to, and use of, Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity. The pass admits the pass holder and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas and pass holder + 3 adults, not to exceed 4 adults, at per person fee areas (children under 16 are admitted free). The pass can only be obtained in person at the park. The Senior Pass provides a 50 percent discount on some Expanded Amenity Fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, boat launch, and specialized interpretive services. In some cases where Expanded Amenity Fees are charged, only the pass holder will be given the 50 percent price reduction. The pass is non-transferable and generally does NOT cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessionaires.

The Forest Service, the National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Bureau of Reclamation honor the Senior Pass at sites where Entrance or Standard Amenity Fees are charged.

In addition, the Corps of Engineers and Tennessee Valley Authority may honor the Senior Pass. (Visitors are always encouraged to call any park/site before visiting for pass acceptance info.)

You can also visit or call your local travel & tourism for brochures coupons and more. You can usually get a great package deal including hotels and more. Once you get to your hotel look for discount coupons in the hotel lobby.

For my local Oklahomans you can visit TravelOK.com for great travel spots here in Oklahoma.You can also enter to win 1 of 6 trips they are giving away.

Some of my favorite Oklahoma Travel spots are:

Also check out Exploring Oklahoma with Children from Metro Family Magazine!



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  • racheltiller April 16, 2010, 5:11 PM

    Love to save.. Thanks for the info!

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