Park Passes and Fees

Backcountry Fees Coming to Great Smoky Mountains National Park

March 7, 2012, 11:06 am
by Kurt Repanshek, National Parks Traveler Those who head off into the backcountry of Great Smoky Mountains National Park for a night or two will have to pay for the privilege beginning in 2013 under a plan approved by the National Park Service. The proposal, which has drawn a fair amount ...

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Amtrak Vacations 2012 Escorted Rail Programs

Traveling by train is one of the best ways to see the picturesque landscapes of our national parks and public lands. Relax on a smooth ride and glance out the large windows for amazing views as halting mountain ranges, rolling hills and open prairies pass by.

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Time to Get Your 2012 Parks Pass

February 24, 2012, 3:32 pm
Have you purchased your annual National Parks Pass yet this year? If not, now is the time! Officially called the “America The Beautiful—The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass,” it’s more than just a pass to our national parks. The pass, a bargain at just $80, offers unlimited entry ...

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Online Reservations for Pearl Harbor Site Now Available

February 2, 2012, 7:24 am
by NPS Starting February 16, 2012, ticket reservations for the free 75-minute tour of the USS Arizona Memorial will be available online at www.Recreation.gov. In addition, online reservations will be available for the official WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument audio tour and the new Passport to Pearl Harbor, ...

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Badger Pass Ski Area in Yosemite Opens Jan. 26

January 26, 2012, 11:15 am
By: DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc. The 77th winter season at Badger Pass Ski Area begins Thursday, Jan. 26, after recent snow storms dropped more than 24 inches of snow; making now the perfect time for riders and skiers of every level to plan a Northern California snowboarding ...

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mike 85
Hi, am looking for State Park lodge in MT or ID 2/3 weeks Apr/May flying in from Europe, lot to see from foot/car, senior pass eligible?
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There are tons of fantastic parks and public lands in Idaho and Montana. For Montana parks not too far from Idaho, look into Big Arm State Park or Bannack State Park. Both offer campgrounds or nearby lodging, and senior citizen discounts. For Idaho, try Bear Lake State Park or Castle Rocks State Park. Senior discounts are available but please note that discounts must be processed by phone. Idaho is also full of national forests--a great destination while you're in the area--such as Clearwater National Forest. Click on the parks' Official URLs for more details about discounts and lodging. Enjoy!

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I just want to start out at Moon Lake then leave there and backpack into Brown Duck, and spend 2, maybe 3 days there.
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It's a short day hike from Moon Lake Campgrounds to the Brown Duck Trail. There's plenty of camping opportunities in nearby East Basin. Please note some trail areas may be inaccessible due to winter weather. For more information, visit the Forest Service's page on Ashley National Forest: http://www.fs.usda.gov/ashley. Have a fun and safe adventure!

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What You Need to Know to Hike Half Dome

January 13, 2012, 2:07 pm
Half Dome Trail in Yosemite National Park is so popular that permits are now required every day for all visitors.This is an interim measure to address crowding and safety along the Half Dome Trail while the park develops a long-term plan to manage use on the Half Dome Trail. A ...

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Free Admission to National Parks for Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend Jan. 14-16

martin luther king jr memorial washington dcStart out the New Year by basking in some of nature’s glory and saving some cash. In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, national parks are waiving their entrance fees from January 14-16. Take advantage of the first free admission weekend of 2012 and make it a memorable one!

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Public Lands Fee-Free Days 2012

fee-free park daysThere’s nothing better than enjoying America’s beautiful public lands for free. Plan your adventures early and look at this year’s schedule of free admission days to public lands.

January 14-16 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend)

April 21-29 (National Park Week)

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