The Department of the Interior in December introduced its new “America the Beautiful: National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Pass” for those federal recreation locations that have an entrance or standard amenity fee.
And, according to a report in the Jackson Hole Star it probably comes as no surprise that the price of annual passes for recreation areas in America’s public lands isn’t going down.
The new pass covers recreation opportunities on public lands managed by four Department of the Interior agencies – including the National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management and the Bureau of Reclamation – and by the Department of Agriculture’s U.S. Forest Service.
Officials said the new interagency pass costs $80 and, as of the first of the year, replaces the four current passes, which will remain valid until expired or lost. Deputy Secretary of the Interior Lynn Scarlett said the pass will provide a cost-effective and easy option for people who visit multiple federal recreation sites.
“The family vacation to these destinations is an American tradition (and) visitors can now travel (from site to site) without getting a different pass,” Scarlett said. “A sightseer in Utah, for instance, can view the majestic rock formations of Bryce and Zion national parks and then explore the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area … using only one pass.”
Officials said access to most federal public lands continues to remain free.
Federal officials said the pass combines the benefits of existing recreation passes – including the Golden Eagle, Golden Age, Golden Access Passports and National Parks Pass – from five federal agencies into one comprehensive pass.
All of the revenue derived from passes sold at federal recreation sites is to directly benefit the selling agency, and no less than 80% of the revenue will remain at the site where the pass was sold.
Federal officials called the new pass a bargain when compared to Parks Canada, which offers a family/group pass for around $140.