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Old 07-28-2012, 03:45 AM   #15
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I got the pass last year for an Arizona, Utah, Colorado trip and definitely saved money with it. If you go to the nps.gov website you can check the entrance fee for each park you plan to visit, then add it up.
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Old 07-28-2012, 05:19 AM   #16
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Do not forget the National Parks located closer to you, in Maine, Virginia, Kentucky, Florida, Tennessee. These can be seen via a 3 day weekend.
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Old 07-28-2012, 07:12 AM   #17
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I don't think you should get the pass. I think when you actually get to say Yellowstone/Teton you are going to want to stay much longer than you think. Even if that one doesn't slow you down, the next one will. There is just so much to take in. If you don't have the pass and do everything you hope, the NPS makes a few bucks more. They can use the money. Having the pass might make you hurry when it's better to linger and fully appreciate where you are. In any event have a safe trip. Oh, and in exchange for our advice we expect you to post a few pictures of your journey. Take care, Raz
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Old 07-28-2012, 07:43 AM   #18
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I agree with the less is more crowd. Having extensively traveled to our national parks, I'm amazed at how many people skid in, hop out and take a few photos and tear off again. Even in a very crowded park, you can walk 100 yards from the parking lot and see almost no one.

I'd advocate for spending quality time at a few parks and saving the rest for another time. It's all about the journey not the destination(s).
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Old 07-28-2012, 12:32 PM   #19
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If you are 62 you can purchase a lifetime pass to all National Parks for just $10.00. You cannot purchase online, you need to purchase at a National Park. What a deal!
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Old 07-28-2012, 01:28 PM   #20
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Don't let them talk you out of your dream but definitely get the pass. We recently returned from a western states loop (see blog) and now have an even longer list of places to go back and spend more time.
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Old 07-28-2012, 07:57 PM   #21
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$25 entrance fee Yellowstone/Tetons (I'm assuming it's still one fee for both)
20 entrance fee Yosimite
25 for Grand Canyon
0 Redwood National Park is free to visit!
25 for Zion
25 for Bryce Canyon
0 no entrance fee for Mount Rushmore
12 at Bandelier National Monument
10 for Theodore Roosevelt National Park

It depends on which ones you will be stopping by, what loop ones takes....simple math, it you do more than $80 in fees it would be worth it, it not, no.

26 is a good age to be starting to see the country, good luck with you trek. Should be a really good one.
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Old 07-29-2012, 09:11 PM   #22
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Don't forget to get your passport - eParks.com: *Passport® To Your National Parks* - eParks - Where your purchase supports America's National Parks.
Dayton Duncan who co-produced The National Parks: America's Best Idea with Ken Burns has visited every National park (including America Samoa!). and has his passport stamped for each one, we can only hope to do that - you are at a great age to start!

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BTW, how old are you? If you are 62 and older you can get a lifetime pass for $10. See: U.S. National Park ServiceAmerica the Beautiful
woooohooooo next june i get mine.
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Old 07-30-2012, 11:19 AM   #24
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Just picked up my Senior Park Pass $10 Lifetime pass today.
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Old 08-03-2012, 11:44 AM   #25
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The pass is not a bad deal. Even better if you don't insist on hookups. At Yellowstone camp sites with hookups $45 per night, no hookups with the pass $6.00 to $12.50 per night.
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Question U.s. Passes and aarp

I visited friends in Nova Scotia last week on the way home from Scouting in NH. They own a small trailer in a Florida trailer park. They rent the land it sits on from the owners of the park.
Recently they received an invitation to join AARP. They are considered property owners and qualified to join. They signed up.

Does anyone know if you have to be a U.S. citizen to get membership in AARP?
Is that yearly pass for the Nat'l Parks available to non-residents too?

If I head south this winter it sure would come in handy.

Thanks. Scouter Dave
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Old 08-03-2012, 01:22 PM   #27
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Correction

The camping fees in Yellowstone for NON-hookup sites is double what I quoted earlier. There is no discount with the Annual Pass.
To find out more go here
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Yes on AARP & Annual Pass

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Does anyone know if you have to be a U.S. citizen to get membership in AARP?
Is that yearly pass for the Nat'l Parks available to non-residents too?
Can't answer the AARP Question. However, I checked the to Join Now "button" & the form one's fills out has International listed plus: Canada and Mexico, 1 Years/US $17.00
Other Countries, 1 Years/US $28.00
https://appsec.aarp.org/MSS/join/app...mp=MBLRSTATE_A

Seems it would be a Yes.

Seems Yes, for the Annual Pass as well:
$80 annual pass
Available to everyone.

But No for the Senior Pass, unless a permanent resident:
Senior Pass
$10 Lifetime pass
For U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62
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