Annual Pass ; Where is it valid?
Replies: 11 - Last Post: Mar 21, 2012 12:13 PM Last Post By: roro
Mar 19, 2012 8:33 AM
Annual Pass ; Where is it valid?Hi,
I've tried to find this info, but didn't find something accurate.
In which "park" (or sites) this Annual Pass (80$) is not valid?
I'm planning to buy one to visit some "parks" acrros US but before I need to know if it's OK for me.
For exemple, I'm planning to visit Everglades,Taos Pueblos,Great Sand Dunes,Bandelier,Mesa verde,Monument Valley,Lake Powell, etc...
Is there a place where I can have the accurate info, without asking (that is phoning from France) to each park or site?
Thanks in advance for your replies,
Mar 19, 2012 9:34 AM
1Here is the website information:
Basically, any National Park or Monument that you can access on the www.nps.gov website is covered. The website also has links to Bureau of Land Management, USDA Forest Service, US Fish and Wildlife, and Bureau of Reclamation parks and sites that it covers.
It does NOT apply to State or County parks. You will not be able to find those on the above NPS website.
I think it's easiest to search on the NPS website by state. Go to the second box on the right and it will bring up a graphic of all the NPS sites by state. Easier to coordinate your trip that way:
Edited by: Kahua- punctuation correction
Mar 19, 2012 9:57 AM
Mar 19, 2012 10:14 AM
3It may or may not be obvious, but the pass is good for entrance/admission, not tours (e.g., cliff dwelling tours in Mesa Verde, tours of Scotty's Castle in Death Valley), anything from concessonaires, etc. I'm sure many people think of Monument Valley as a national park or monument.
Out of curiosity: you say you didn't find anything accurate? Did you find inaccurate info on the passes? It may exist, on a non-USG Web site, and knowing that might aid some readers.
Good luck and enjoy your trip.
Mar 19, 2012 11:00 AM
Mar 19, 2012 11:54 AM
5If the location is owned by the Federal governement (national park, national forest, national refuge, etc.), the pass covers any and all admission fees.
The pass does not cover camping fees, permit fees, tour fees*, etc. at these locations.
The pass does not cover locations owned by the states (state parks, etc.), counties/cities (county parks, etc.) or native tribes (Monument Valley, etc.), except with very few exceptions (e.g. Redwoods, which is co-owned with the Federal government).
*The pass may allow discounts on some tours. Check the specific park websites for details.
From your specific list:
Mar 19, 2012 12:27 PM
6Lake Powell is part of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
It does have areas that have entrance fees, however they would be covered under the NPS Annual Pass.
As mentioned multiple times above, the Annual Pass only refers to entrance fees and does not apply to any camping or events fees, or any entrance to Native American-administered parks.
Mar 19, 2012 2:06 PM
Mar 21, 2012 8:30 AM
Mar 21, 2012 8:50 AM
9Not clear that you can purchase the pass at that entrance. There is an email address where you can inquire:
I'd email them to check. You can certainly get one somewhere IN the park, probably at the Visitor Center, but I'm just not sure if you can do it at the entrance kiosk (although that would be the logical place to get one.)
Edited by: Kahua
Mar 21, 2012 9:52 AM
Mar 21, 2012 12:13 PM
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