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National Park Entry Fees

Postby OldZX11Rider » Thu Jun 09, 2016 10:14 am



I was just reading on "greatest.com" that there is an entry fee of $25 per vehicle at Big Bend National Park as well as many other national parks. Its good for 7 days.

There was no mention of a one-day fee of maybe $5 or $10. Has anyone been to a national park lately and only paid a daily rate, or is the weekly rate it? :roll:


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Postby OldZX11Rider » Thu Jun 09, 2016 10:18 am

I was looking for information about tent camping in the Jackson, Wyoming area, is it fairly safe, when I came across that website. :D
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Postby wilmo » Thu Jun 09, 2016 12:16 pm

This link gives good information about the lifetime senior pass (assuming you qualify) ;) if you're 62.
https://www.nps.gov/lavo/planyourvisit/ ... 80-pdf.pdf
It costs only $10 if you obtain it in person and as stated is lifetime for all US national parks. If you don't qualify, all you have to do is wait.... :)

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Postby MikeB » Thu Jun 09, 2016 1:52 pm

The Lifetime Pass for US citizens or permanent resident 62 years of age or older is the way to go. Go to any National Park, pay your $10, get your pass and you have unlimited entry to any National Park for the rest of your life.
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Postby OldZX11Rider » Thu Jun 09, 2016 9:01 pm

That sounds great! :D
I can do that next year. :roll:
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Postby OldZX11Rider » Thu Jun 09, 2016 9:10 pm

:D Do I get some kind of credit for the previous 61 years of this "lifetime" pass?
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Don't see how they can call it a "lifetime pass" when I'm willing to bet most of my lifetime has already "passed". :lol:

(Just poking fun at Uncle Sam.) :D
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Postby dingdong » Fri Jun 10, 2016 6:14 am

Normal entry fee at Big Bend for a cage is $25. Motorcycles $20. I have a feeling that all entry fees will be going up in the near future. Seeing how we/our gov't is $20,000,000,000,000 in deb't. The fee at every other park I have been to has been $10. The senior pass has covered them all for the one time fee of $10. Exception to that rule is Mt Rushmore where the fee isn't covered by the senior pass. There they charge a $10 fee for "parking" not for entry. SOBs
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Postby OldZX11Rider » Fri Jun 10, 2016 7:49 am

A buck is just not worth much anymore.
I was watching a program on tv a couple months ago. I don't remember what was the subject exactly, but a rich man died leaving his wife the richest widow in America.
It may have been DuPont. Anyhow, it was the later 1800's I think. He left her X number of dollars worth X number today.

Being the curious type, I got my calculator out. A dollar back then was worth 240 times what a dollar is worth today! :shock:
I knew there would be a difference but I wasn't expecting that much.
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Postby harvey01 » Fri Jun 10, 2016 5:40 pm

If you are 62YOA get the Senior National Pass. I probably will not cover the cost of camping in the National Parks but it will get you in!

Folks, I am also on fixed income so I understand, but I also realize that it costs a fortune annually to maintain and provide iimprovements for these Parks. I am sure the maintenance on some old buildings is really expensive and I know the cost of roads and fixing the roads is quite expensive. And remember if someone gets off the path, the Park has to send it the Rangers for a rescue party and all of this is expensive.

My point being that if some of the fees do go up for the cost it really is not a bad thing!
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Postby flogger » Sun Jun 12, 2016 12:20 am

Disabled Vets get a free lifetime pass to all Federal Parks, Forest, camps, etc... made up in advance, laminated card issued, an non expiring...
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Postby FM-USA » Sun Jun 12, 2016 5:46 am

OldZX11Rider wrote:A buck is just not worth much anymore. I was watching a program on tv a couple months ago. I don't remember what was the subject exactly, but a rich man died leaving his wife the richest widow in America. It may have been DuPont. Anyhow, it was the later 1800's I think. He left her X number of dollars worth X number today.
Being the curious type, I got my calculator out. A dollar back then was worth 240 times what a dollar is worth today! :shock: I knew there would be a difference but I wasn't expecting that much.

Way-way back in Jr High (7th-8th grades) our Geography class touched on world economics. America's and the world's entrepreneurs were all about making the MIGHTY BUCK at any and all costs, at times uncaring to the death of the customer (our teachers got really deep and graphic). So after learning the yearly 'cost of living' thing, this dawned on me. The world should be on a monetary maximum yearly increase of 0.03 to 0.05%. This is both income and sales hikes. Teach pondered a moment since he never had the likes of my type of questions, said it can't be done. I of coarse asked why, "Free Enterprise" was his simple answer.
BUT as time went on I watched and seen America slowly growing economically more than any other country and slowly putting our products out of the reach of exponentially more world customers. After high school getting into the work force it dawned on me where the biggest problem was.... unions, unions demanding higher & HIGHER wages. Said high wages even went to the union protected lazy workers. THAT still Irks me today seeing the lazy ones getting $60 hr while the real workers toil for the same wage (2016). (GRRrrr)
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Re: National Park Entry Fees

Postby FM-USA » Sun Jun 12, 2016 5:58 am

harvey01 wrote:If you are 62YOA get the Senior National Pass. I probably will not cover the cost of camping in the National Parks but it will get you in!
Folks, I am also on fixed income so I understand, but I also realize that it costs a fortune annually to maintain and provide iimprovements for these Parks. I am sure the maintenance on some old buildings is really expensive and I know the cost of roads and fixing the roads is quite expensive. And remember if someone gets off the path, the Park has to send it the Rangers for a rescue party and all of this is expensive.
My point being that if some of the fees do go up for the cost it really is not a bad thing!

At our National Parks I don't mind a building to house general info and maybe a few memento trinkets but when these 'looooong and winding roads' and building get so glorified AND HUGE, the cost of upkeep is getting way out of hand. Are we not there for whats in the parks sights? Up until (roughly) mid-1960's our parks were pretty much free. Our federal income tax paid for the parks meager upkeep. Also back then folks volunteered their services. How things have greedily changed. :evil:
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Postby FM-USA » Sun Jun 12, 2016 6:25 am

OldZX11Rider wrote::D Do I get some kind of credit for the previous 61 years of this "lifetime" pass?
:lol:

Don't see how they can call it a "lifetime pass" when I'm willing to bet most of my lifetime has already "passed". :lol:

(Just poking fun at Uncle Sam.) :D

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Tho, I AGREE with ya on Lifetime credit. GOOD CATCH!
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Postby OldZX11Rider » Sun Jun 12, 2016 10:27 am

Never belonged to a union, never will. I think there was a time for unions but that time has passed.
Now they just cost all consumers more money. Like the cost of shoplifting is passed on to the consumer, the cost of paying high wages to a worthless, unfireable, employee is passed on.
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Postby harvey01 » Mon Jun 13, 2016 12:21 pm

How did we go from a discussion of our National Parks and their fees to talking about unions?

Maybe they should rephrase "lifetime" to "the rest of your lifetime". Might be more realistic!

But I still enjoy my pass!
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Postby flogger » Mon Jun 13, 2016 2:28 pm

harvey01 wrote:How did we go from a discussion of our National Parks and their fees to talking about unions?

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Postby OldZX11Rider » Sat Jun 25, 2016 8:07 am

Sort of, but maybe not exactly, back on topic. I stopped at a Colorado state park one evening. I'm on a motorcycle, by myself, just want to put up a tent for one night. I've got my own water and don't need any electrical power.
Just wanted a place to park, sleep for the night, and be gone the next morning, not going to build a campfire or anything. They were going to charge me either $33 or $36 (can't remember which).
It'll be harder to maintain park facilities when fees are so high no one will go.
I turned around and left. Its not hard to find an out of the way place to set up a tent.
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Postby FM-USA » Sat Jun 25, 2016 12:46 pm

OldZX11Rider wrote:Sort of, but maybe not exactly, back on topic. I stopped at a Colorado state park one evening. I'm on a motorcycle, by myself, just want to put up a tent for one night. I've got my own water and don't need any electrical power.
Just wanted a place to park, sleep for the night, and be gone the next morning, not going to build a campfire or anything. They were going to charge me either $33 or $36 (can't remember which).
It'll be harder to maintain park facilities when fees are so high no one will go.
I turned around and left.
Its not hard to find an out of the way place to set up a tent.

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