Time to Get Your 2012 Parks Pass

February 24, 2012, 3:32 pm

America the Beautiful - the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands PassHave 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 to all federal recreation lands all year long. That includes lands managed by the Forest Service, the National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Bureau of Reclamation.

If you plan to visit more than four national parks or other public lands this year, then the pass is a no-brainer. If you’re not sure what your travels may be this year, grab a pass early on and use it as motivation to get outside more!

The pass covers more than 2,000 recreation sites nationwide, and is available for purchase online at store.usgs.gov/pass or in person at hundreds of sites across the country. A list of in-person purchase sites is available for download at http://store.usgs.gov/pass/annual.html.

Special passes are available for seniors, qualifying park volunteers, and those with permanent disabilities. Senior and Access passes are available through the mail, and volunteer passes can be obtained by inquiring locally.

Not sure where to head first? Find the closest public land near you with the free Oh, Ranger! ParkFinder app or search our public lands database at OhRanger.com.

We hope it will lead you to adventures at some of your favorite parks, and maybe some you didn’t even know existed!