Park Passes and Fees

cmiller
How much time should I allow to visit around the Rapid City area for a road trip out west?
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Badlands National Park, Black Hills National Forest, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Auto/Motorcycle, Lodging, Park Passes and Fees, Touring
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hawkigirl
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We were able to drive through the Badlands, see Wall Drug, and visit Crazy Horse and Mt. Rushmore all in a day before crashing at the hotel in Rapid City.  We needed to get to Yellowstone the next day, but will return to this area to spend more time in the future.  You can do several things in one day, or spend many days in the area...there is so much to see....just ask the billboards! 

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Angie Gwi...
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My family and I just returned from Keystone/Rapid City Area.....while we did see Badlands, Mount Rushmore, Custer State Park in 4 days.....I wish we would have had 2 weeks to spend so we wouldnt have been so rushed! My opinion is that you should have at least a week in the area....you could see it all in a few days....but to get maximal time and enjoyment spent you should stay longer!!

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Everything you need to know about our 2010 guides is available here!

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Not sure when you're leaving. If you e-mail me your address, at [email protected], I will send you a complimentary copy of the Yosemite National Park Guide. Are there any others you would like?

Happy trails!

-Brigitte @ Morsel Munk

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PaPa G
We're plannig on driving to Glacier Park from Helena, but was wondering about the road conditions up there.
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Spring plowing is underway on the Going-to-the-Sun Road at Glacier National Park.

As of this morning, June 21, there are 41.5 miles of the Going-to-the-Sun Road open for travel. Visitors can drive 28 miles from the West Entrance to Big Bend, and 13.5 miles from the St. Mary Entrance to Jackson Glacier Overlook. The section of the road between Big Bend and Jackson Glacier Overlook is closed due to snow plowing operations.   

Updated road conditions for the Going-to-the-Sun Road, and all other roads at Glacier National Park is available at the NPS Glacier Road Status site.

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Edward Go...
I will be visiting 3 or 4 National Parks What kind of passes do I have to have for the parks and where do I get them?
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lorrie46
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http://www.nps.gov/fees_passes.htm is the link you will need to get information on passes.You can either obtain a pass at the first park that you enter of you can buy one online. You can also pay for individual admission to each park that amount varies with the park you visit but is generally good for 7 days at that park.

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There are three kinds of "America The Beautiful - The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands" passes:

Members of the general public can purchase an Annual Pass for $80.

Senior citizens, ages 62 and up, can purchase a lifetime Senior Pass for $10.

A free lifetime Access Pass is available to U.S. citizens with permanent disibilities.

You can find more information and purchase some passes online at parkpass.net.

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Where can I get a trail map for the Smokey Mountains National Park?
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Tennessee, Backpacking, Hiking, Park Passes and Fees
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1) This is a map we highly recommend:  - MAP -

2) Another great resource is the Smoky Mountains Friends Group: http://www.friendsofthesmokies.org/

3) And you can download a copy of the park's trail map at this page from the NPS (though it is not as detailed as the map above).

4) Finally, for all the latest happenings in the park click here.

Have a great trip!

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scottmana...
Want to climb Half Dome. No reservations for camping. What time can I arrive at front gate and where can I park closest to the trail head?
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Yosemite National Park, Backpacking, Park Passes and Fees
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grumpy_20
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I can answer part of your question.  Park somewhere in Yosemite Valley and take the shuttle to the trail head (or walk there).  Make sure that you have a permit to hike Half Dome (Friday - Sunday, and holidays).

 

These might help:

http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/hours.htm

http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/trailheads.htm

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National Park Free Admission June 5-6

May 25, 2010, 8:42 am
The NPS is continuing their extremely popular free admission program, so mark your calendars. On June 5th and June 6th, more than 100 parks will waive their entrance fees, so you’ll have no excuse not to go visit. What will you do with the extra money? We’re thinking about ...

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All good things are wild, and free, including the National Parks on June 5 & 6!

As poor economic news persists and the official start of summer less than a week away, many of us are still looking for fun family escapes that will enrich us with memorable experiences without emptying out wallets. The National Park Service is helping to make planning a little easier, extending to its extremely popular free weekend program. On June 5th and June 6th, more than 100 parks will keep their gates open, waving you in and waiving entrance fees. Mark your calendars and plan accordingly.

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jennifer....
Do I need a special boating permit to kayak in Glacier?
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Glacier National Park, Kayaking, Park Passes and Fees
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Ask_Jeff
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Not for kayaking. You need a permit for a motorized vehicle.

Boat launching ramps are available on Bowman and McDonald Lakes on the west side of Glacier, as well as Swiftcurrent, Two Medicine, and St. Mary Lakes on the east side of the park.

Canoes or rafts can be carried to many smaller waters.

Hand-propelled boats and sailboats are permitted on park waters with the following exception: from April 1 through September 30, the section of Upper McDonald Creek between Mineral Creek and Lake McDonald is closed to all types of boating and floating to protect nesting Harlequin ducks.

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jennifer....
I would like to do some lake kayaking in Glaicer. Is there direct lake access or do I have to portage the kayak to get to the lakes?
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Ask_Jeff
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Read all the boating regulations and locations at Glacier National Park's homepage. Have a great time.

http://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/boating.htm

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