Our National Parks are something to be treasured, and the people who protect the land (and all our country) are rewarded with free admission passes to enjoy these parks. Active-duty military personnel and their dependents can receive an America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Annual Pass for FREE (an $80 value). The pass grants them access to more than 2,000 national parks, wildlife refuges and other public lands.
For parks with a vehicle admission, the pass will cover the car in which the pass owner is riding in. For parks with a per-person admission, the pass covers the pass owner and three (3) accompanying adults age 16 and older. No entry fee charged for children 15 and under. Pass owner and up to 3 other bicyclists can enter for free at most parks, but check in advance for the policy of each park.
While there are only 2 parks that are covered under this pass in Ohio, there are SO many others around the U.S. that would be free while you are traveling.
Popular parks with admission that are covered under this pass include Grand Canyon National Park (AZ), Petrified Forest (AZ), Death Valley (CA)(NV), Joshua Tree (CA), Sequoia National Park (CA), Yosemite (CA), Great Sand Dunes (CO), Rocky Mountain (CO), Everglades National Park (FL), Craters of the Moon National Monument (ID), Yellowstone National Park (ID)(MT)(WY), Acadia National Park (ME), Gulf Islands National Seashore (MS), Cape Cod National Seashore (MA), Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (MI), Glacier National Park (MT), Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument (NM), Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site (NY), Sagamore Hill National Historic Site (NY), Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial (OH), Crater Lake National Park (OR), Steamtown National Historic Site (PA), Badlands National Park (SD), Big Bend National Park (TX), Padre Island National Seashore (TX), Arches National Park (UT), Bryce Canyon National Park (UT), Zion National Park (UT), Colonial National Historical Park (VA), Shenandoah National Park (VA), Mount Rainier National Park (WA), Olympic National Park (WA), Harpers Ferry National Historical Park (WV), Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area (WY), Devils Tower National Monument (WY), Grand Teton National Park (WY)….and many more!
Military personnel or their dependents can pick up the FREE pass at select national park or wild refuge entrances by showing their military ID. Unfortunately, the program does not apply to military veterans or retirees, but there are discounted passes available for seniors over age 62, and the Access pass for those with permanent disabilities. For more details on the program, click here.
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