Saturday, June 6, 2009

America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass – Access Pass

Hello all!

I thought I'd share this info as we came across it while looking up some info last night. We are planning some family trips for the future, one being to go out west, hopefully to the Badlands and Yellowstone national park and as we were browsing the website, we came across this info about a lifetime pass for all those who have permanent disabilities. It provides free access to all US national parks that charge for entrance and gives some discounts on other things too. You have to apply for it in person at the park you go to, but they issue a lifetime card, much like a credit card that you keep from there on out.

I've attached the link and text below. Hope it can help some of ya and please feel free to pass on the info!

Kacie & Rei
Vice President ~ Indiana Deaf Blind Association
IN Partners In Policymaking: Class of 2009

America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass – Access Pass

This is a lifetime pass for U.S. citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities. Documentation is required to obtain the pass. Acceptable documentation includes: 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.

The pass provides access to, and use of, Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity. The pass admits the pass holder 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). The pass can only be obtained in person at the park. The Access Pass provides a 50 percent discount on some Expanded Amenity Fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, boat launching, and specialized interpretive services. In some cases where Expanded Amenity Fees are charged, only the pass holder will be given the 50 percent price reduction. The pass is non-transferable and generally does NOT cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessionaires.

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