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Old 06-09-2015, 08:57 PM   #15
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I've been getting camping for 50% off with the Interagency Pass, just made reservations at RMNP as well as Arches and got it.

That's a long drive. Hope you enjoy the trip. Sometime in late August we're planning heading for MOAB and other points in UTAH. Don't know if we'll get to RMNP, but it's on our bucket list.
Enjoy the trip.
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Where are the passes purchased? Are they available to Canadians also?
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Federal Interagency Recreation Passes

America the Beautiful (U.S. National Park Service)


I do not know anything about the first pass , but the page does seem to answer a lot a queations.(FAQ)

I do know that with the America the Beautiful pass you do get discounts on camping and that not ALL state parks except it ( Texas state parks don't)> I do know that ALL National and Federal parks do( national forest areas,COE those type places) they also have a very good FAQ page.

If you are a senior $10.00 for a Life Time Pass is well worth the money......if not both sights are worth looking at because you might just find something one one of them you could use.
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No, not for Canadians.
Both passes for camping reductions state only for US citizens and residents with US ID.
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Where are the passes purchased? Are they available to Canadians also?
Sorry, US Citizens only. It would be nice if it was otherwise.

To answer for others when are the passes purchased... Any US National Park, National Forest Service Ranger Station, those are probably the most common places to purchase one. I believe you can also purchase one at a National Forest Regional Office.

I've seen the passes for sale in National Parks at either the entrance, if they're collecting at the entrance or at any National Park Visitor Center.

They're also good at Corps of Engineers Campgrounds that charge a fee and BLM campgrounds.

WOW how can you go wrong?
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Federal Interagency Recreation Passes

America the Beautiful (U.S. National Park Service)


I do not know anything about the first pass , but the page does seem to answer a lot a queations.(FAQ)

I do know that with the America the Beautiful pass you do get discounts on camping and that not ALL state parks except it ( Texas state parks don't)> I do know that ALL National and Federal parks do( national forest areas,COE those type places) they also have a very good FAQ page.

If you are a senior $10.00 for a Life Time Pass is well worth the money......if not both sights are worth looking at because you might just find something one one of them you could use.
The Senior Pass (for age 62 and over) is for national parks and federal recreational lands. It is unlikely that a state park will honor it since it is federal. Some may.

Yes, cannot beat $10 for life. It is half off at most federal camping facilities but not all. Some Corps of Engineers campgrounds, for instance, may not be run by them.
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The Senior Pass (for age 62 and over) is for national parks and federal recreational lands. It is unlikely that a state park will honor it since it is federal. Some may.

Yes, cannot beat $10 for life. It is half off at most federal camping facilities but not all. Some Corps of Engineers campgrounds, for instance, may not be run by them.
If you have a federal senior pass you can get a lifetime senior pass from MD for $10. There's an on line form. We have one and use it at Jane's Island most years.
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Unless something has changed in the last two years, the interagency pass gets you in free where an admission charge applies but doesn't reduce your camping fees.

Edit - Sorry Byron, I'm a slow typer.
I went back through my old cards and found what I mistakenly called the 'interagency' pass was actually the 'America the Beautiful' pass America the Beautiful (U.S. National Park Service) and it still appears to cover only entrance fees and not camping discounts.

It was well worth the $80 annual price but the "Senior (geezer)' pass purchased on my 62nd birthday a few years back even better.

Another great deal for those who enjoy visiting zoos, aquariums and botanical gardens is the reciprocal agreement many of these attractions offer across the country. For example, membership in the NC Zoological Park will get you and one other person free or discounted (usually 50%) entrance into similar facilities in most other states North Carolina Zoo | Partner Zoos and Aquariums
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Al,

Like Byron, I can assure you that it covers half price camping in national parks and Corps of Engineer parks. The only parks not covered are those "federal campgrounds" that are run by private concerns within the federal park.

I mentioned earlier that Maryland has a similar Senior Pass for half price camping (not good on Friday and Saturday). The following is an application for a Maryland senior pass.

Maryland Department of Natural Resources - Maryland Park Service
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Thanks Norm and Genny, I think I have this now and we're all going to the same place. Re-read my old cards again and the name across the top is "America the Beautiful Annual' pass and they each have expiration dates.

It seems "America the Beautiful' is an all encompassing name given to four different Federal programs - 'Annual', 'Senior', 'Access' and 'Volunteer' and, just to confuse things a bit more. sometimes the term 'Interagency' is thrown in.

From the link in my post "The Annual Pass program does not cover Expanded Amenity fees such as camping, boat launching, parking, special tours, special permits or ferries" and that was my experience for the four or five years I had one.

I'd agree the 'Senior' pass does offer discounts on camping and other amenities and the 'Access' pass perks seem similar. We've certainly enjoyed the advantages of the former over the past four years. Not sure what the 'Volunteer' program benefits are.

I appreciate the info on Maryland's pass. We have plans to visit the Point Lookout facility later this year and will probably camp at the Park for several days to explore the area; two of my ancestors were imprisoned there during the Civil War.
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You can also get the passes at National Historic Sites as well as National Seashores.
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We camped 60+ days so far this year, about half in federal parks and forests. Admission was free and camping half price at all of them with our $10.00 geezer pass. They were so beautiful they would be a bargain at twice the price. California state parks were $45-$65 and while worth it we limited our stays there.
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We camped 60+ days so far this year, about half in federal parks and forests. Admission was free and camping half price at all of them with our $10.00 geezer pass. They were so beautiful they would be a bargain at twice the price. California state parks were $45-$65 and while worth it we limited our stays there.

Good for you.
We've been out about 100 days so far this year, average nightly cost less than $7.00 per night.
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Byron, how did you get such cheap camping, e.g. average of 7$ nightly. I am looking to full time soon. Thanks

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