Federal lands senior pass about to increase mucho.

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  1. pais alto

    pais alto me encanta el país alto Skier

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    If you're 62 or older and haven't purchased the good-deal federal lands pass for $10 you need to get on it. It provides free access for you and everyone in your vehicle to national parks, monuments, and other federal fee-based lands. Also half-priced camping in USFS, BLM, and other fed campgrounds. At $10 for life (or what's left of it) it's a serious good deal and it's going up to $80 in August - still a good deal, but...

    https://www.adventure-journal.com/2017/07/national-parks-pass-cost-skyrocket-seniors/?utm_source=AJ's+Daily+Digest&utm_campaign=926912c3fb-Daily+Digest+newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a7cb93cd43-926912c3fb-390012181&mc_cid=926912c3fb&mc_eid=dcb9da50a3
     
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  2. Tony

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    It goes up less than 10 days before I'm old enough to get it. My Mom already said she was going to buy it for me for my birthday. It will make the Sonora vs Tioga Pass to/from Mammoth decision easier, assuming both are open. (Sonora is more than 20 miles longer, but not that much faster as going through Yosemite the speed limit is 35 and I think a ticket is a federal offense that you either have to pay or return to park to fight. Both are beautiful drives although Tioga is hard to beat for scenery.)
     
  3. mikel

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    Just an F.Y.I. that was mentioned on local Denver news (9News). If you want the pass and have the opportunity to get it in person you might be better off doing it that way.
     
  4. Sibhusky

    Sibhusky Getting off the lift Skier

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    Got ours last year. Best deal out there.
     
  5. Don in Morrison

    Don in Morrison Morrison Claystone Skier

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    I've had mine for 4 years. Mrs. Claystone turned 62 today. It looks like we will head up to RMNP in the next week or so to get her one. Sometimes she takes the grandkids to the mountains for field trips on days I have to work.
     
  6. Jim Kenney

    Jim Kenney Travel Correspondent Team Gathermeister Industry Insider

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    I went to Shenandoah National Park, VA on June 25, 2017 with my wife and one of my daughters. My wife and I purchased these passes. Later we went for a hike to the top of Stony Man Mountain (elev 4011').
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    I have an older brother who has visited all National Parks in the lower 48 and used this pass to enter many of them. It's a little like having a MCP or EpicPass when living far away from many member resorts. You have to spend $1000s in travel costs to take advantage of your bargain pass:roflmao:
     
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    I bought two, one for each carin. Since we live near lots of Federal land we often find ourselves at a trailhead or other spot. Not having to think about whether we've got the pass with us is kind of nice. I have a truck too and will get one for that vehicle before the end of the month. It was great when we took our pass on a trip to southern Utah. The best deal ever.
     
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  8. John Webb

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    A better deal was Trish & I getting ours 5 years for FREE just before they went to $10.
    Drove into Assateague National Park, grabbed the passes, then did a U turn and quickly left left.

    Easy as we were 5 miles down the road !
     
  9. Tricia

    Tricia The Velvet Hammer Admin Pugski Ski Tester

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    Like you said, its still a good deal, but...

    Even at $80/life for everyone in your car. :thumb:
    National Parks are worth it!
     
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    Tricia The Velvet Hammer Admin Pugski Ski Tester

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  11. pais alto

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    ^Well yeah, Yukon-Charley NP doesn't get a lot of visitors. I think that has a lot to do with there being no roads to it. You can't drive onto it, and driving to Eagle and/or Circle involves many miles of bad road, unpaved. Boat, float plane, helicopter, parachute... I've been there a number of times on wildfires and associated business, and it is fairly remote. But beautiful, especially the area near Eagle. I'd laugh if anyone ever asked for my National Park senior pass. I think that the people that visit are mostly canoers on the Yukon. There's been some mining here and there.

    This one time on a fire near there In an area known as the Yukon Flats I got my PR for the number of mosquitoes smashed in one two-handed slap, no smearing - over 50. I knew this one guy that claimed 70-something. Other than bugs there are lots of bear and moose, some caribou in the higher lands, wolves, lots of fur-bearing varmints and such. It's been a while since I've been there though.

    /reminiscing
     
  12. Mothertucker

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    Very surprised that Wrangell-St. Elias was not on that list.
     
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  13. Uncle-A

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    Both my wife and I have recently purchased the pass for $10 because when she retires we will do a little more traveling.
     
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