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Annual National Park Passes: Worth It or Not?

If you think you can’t afford to travel this year, consider taking advantage of our National Park System. Now you can get access with an annual pass. The real question is, is it worth it?

A national park pass gives you free entrance to all lands managed by federal agencies, and costs $80 and covers you and three other adults.

So let’s do the math: If you do the Grand Circle trip of the Grand Canyon, Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon, you’re going to pay $70 in entrance fees.

But the pass covers more than just the big parks.

It includes entrance to all areas in our National Park System, which includes historic battlefields, lakes, seashores, scenic rivers, and trails.

Entrance into sites like Padre Island National Seashore in Texas and Crater Lake in Oregon each cost $10.

So here’s the bottom line: if you’re into the great outdoors, a national park pass can be worth it.

And if nothing else, it might inspire you to visit more than just one of our great National Parks.

Check out great options with America the Beautiful: Five Hidden National Parks.

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