The Great Outdoors: National Parks Offer 3 More Free Days this Year
National Parks offer several free entrance days a year, and there are 3 left for 2011: June 21, September 24 and Veterans Day weekend November 11-13. That�s a $25 savings per carload at parks that charge entrance fees. Even if you have a free or discounted pass, it�s still a good deal because it includes everyone in the vehicle. Just pack up and go!
�Golden� passes have been discontinued and can be replaced with Senior Passes or Access Passes (for those with disabilities). To replace the older passes for use on non-free days, see below:
People with Disabilities: The Access Pass is limited to the vehicle, the pass holder plus three adults. A per-person fee is charged for more than four. (Children under 16 are always free.) But on free days you can fill up that van with the neighborhood at no charge.
- Go to any National Park Service facility that charges an entrance fee.
- Show proof of medically determined disability, like a statement by a licensed physician; document issued by a Federal agency such as the Veteran�s Administration, Social Security Disability Income or Supplemental Security Income; or document issued by a State agency such as a Vocational Rehabilitation agency.
- U.S. citizens at least 62 years old can purchase a Senior Pass for a one-time fee of $10. It admits you and the passengers in your car into National Parks that charge an entrance fee.
- In National Parks where a �per person� entrance fee is charged, the Senior Pass admits you plus three other adults (who do not need not be seniors). Children under 16 are free.
- The pass can only be obtained in person at the park. Take proof of age, such as a valid driver�s license.
For info on accessibility at each National Park, visit www.nps.gov and search �accessibility.� For a list of National Parks by state that offer free days, visit http://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparksbystate.htm.
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