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Active duty military and their families get free entry into national parks

According to an article in today’s Washington Post, starting Saturday May 19, 2012 active duty military and their dependent family members will get free entry into all U.S. National Parks.  This is in conjunction with Armed Forces Day on Saturday.

Free entry for active duty military is provided with The America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Annual Pass.  This pass is normally $80 but can be picked up for free by active duty members of the military and their dependents.  Each person can pick up their individual pass with a valid military ID at a national park that charges an admission fee.  The pass is not available to military veterans or military retirees.

The pass will provide free entry to all national parks, BLM, Bureau of Reclaimation, Forest Service, and Army Corps sites that charge an entrance fee.  The Pass does not cover Expanded Amenity fees such as camping, boat launching, parking, special tours, special permits or ferries.

The pass will allow free admission to Rocky Mountain National Park, Mt. Evans, Mesa Verde National Park, the Anasazi Heritage Center and many areas around Colorado.  The pass can be pick up at numerous facilities around the state.  Download the pass issuance list pdf file to find them all.

Learn more about the pass, pass use regulations, and where to pick one up at http://store.usgs.gov/pass/military.html

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