Annual National Parks Pass (America the Beautiful Pass)

We purchased an annual national parks pass (America the Beautiful – the National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Pass) at our first United States national park on our 2014 Road Trip. The annual pass costs $80 and provides access to more than 2,000 recreation areas managed by five Federal agencies for a year at no additional cost.

You can read more about the pass and purchase one here. We figured it the cost would cover itself and it supports a worthwhile cause.

Here’s the summary of when we used the America the Beautiful Pass on our 2014 Road Trip. Note that not all Recreation Areas have a fee (for example, Mammoth Caves National Park doesn’t charge an entrance fee but does charge for cave tours, which the Annual National Parks Pass doesn’t cover); the list below is only those areas we visited where there was a fee and where we used our Annual National Parks Pass.

Recreation Area State Fee (w/o the Annual National Parks Pass)
Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument Washington 16
Ape Cave National Volcanic Monument Washington 5
Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area Oregon 7
Cape Perpetua Scenic Area Oregon 5 (this fee covered all three areas only because we visited them on the same day)
Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint Oregon
John Dellenbeck Dunes Trail
(Oregon National Recreation Area)
Yosemite National Park California 20
Joshua Tree National Park California 15
Death Valley National Park California 20
Grand Canyon National Park Arizona 25
Zion National Park Utah 25
Bryce Canyon National Park Utah 25
Arches National Park Utah 10
Total 173 USD


So, had we not purchased the Annual National Parks Pass (America the Beautiful Pass) we would have spent $173 USD on fees at Federal Recreation Areas. We saved $93 because of this $80 purchase. Score!

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