The Best $80 We Spent on Our Trip

America the Beautiful Annual National Parks Pass

America the Beautiful Annual National Parks Pass

We bought the pass at our first National Park, and by our estimation it saved us nearly twice as much as the purchase price, just on this trip. 

We’re headed to Shenandoah in the fall, that’s for sure!

Any other national parks or recreation areas you can suggest where we can use our pass, or get our passport stamped (more on that later), but most importantly enjoy as a family? 

Here’s the breakdown:

  • Petrified Forest – $10
  • Walnut Canyon – $5
  • Wupatki National Monument & Sunset Crater Volcano – $5
  • Grand Canyon – $25
  • Bryce Canyon – $25
  • Zion National Park – $25
  • Grand Tetons & Yellowstone – $25
  • Devil’s Tower – $10
  • Badlands – $15

Cost without pass: $145     Savings already: $65

The pass didn’t save us at Mt. Rushmore. Technically, that’s a free entrance park, they just charge you $10 for a one year parking pass through the National Parks vendor partner. I think that’s a slim technicality, but, whatever. We still totally got our money’s worth from this pass already!

From www.nps.gov, the National Parks Service page: This pass is available to the general public and provides access to, and use of, Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity Fee for a year, beginning from the date of sale. The pass admits the pass holder/s and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas and pass holder + 3 adults, not to exceed 4 adults, at per person fee areas. (children under 16 are admitted free)

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2 responses to “The Best $80 We Spent on Our Trip

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