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Old 04-05-2011, 09:09 AM   #1
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National Park Pass

Does anyone know if the Pass gives you any discount on camping fees?
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I have the Golden Age pass and it gives discounts. Is that the pass you are asking about?
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Generally speaking you get a 50% discount in national park campgrounds. Some campgrounds run by contractors are not included. Some state parks will give some type of discount. If you know where you are going you should be able to get their discount policy on their web site.
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Old 04-05-2011, 02:19 PM   #4
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Hi Boomer Express,

The answer to your questions is at America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass
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Thank you all for the information. Yes, it is the national park pass

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$10.00 and good for a lifetime
Must be 62 or over, buy it in person, either at National Park or can also do at local US Forest Service Office.
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Typically only works in Federal Parks.... don't plan on it in Texas though.. if you can find a federal park!!! They seem to insist on having only sites with ALL Utilities and you MUST park there... Whew..... One park offered the 50% discount on the "flat rate", but you HAD to park in an ALL UTILITY spot...and pay for the utilities..... what ever happened to just parking in a park for the fee or 1/2 fee with no utilities... Texas seems the worst....
State Parks are the same in Texas.... no just RV "Camping" without utilities..... we like to boondock in parks and then just dump/fill once a week and pay for that
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Louisiana honors the Golden Age pass.Not sure about other states.
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Typically only works in Federal Parks.... don't plan on it in Texas though.. if you can find a federal park!!! They seem to insist on having only sites with ALL Utilities and you MUST park there... Whew..... One park offered the 50% discount on the "flat rate", but you HAD to park in an ALL UTILITY spot...and pay for the utilities..... what ever happened to just parking in a park for the fee or 1/2 fee with no utilities... Texas seems the worst....
State Parks are the same in Texas.... no just RV "Camping" without utilities..... we like to boondock in parks and then just dump/fill once a week and pay for that
Don't know where you got your info about TEXAS. Corps of Engineers Parks (COE) honor the Golden Age and Senior passes for 50% of camping. Most COE parks only have elec and water and dumpstations. They usualy have tent sites also, but no boondoking sites. Texas State Parks usually do not honor the Goden Age or Senior passes. I have not stayed at a State Park that offers a discont on Camping , other than the free 1/2 off coupons you receive with your State Park Pass. The Pass does waive the daily use fee charged. If you are 65 or older or are disabled they do allow a discount on the daily use fee. Most state prks have the same amnities as the COE parks. Although now some are putting in sewer connections and WIFI in some areas.
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We got all our Texas info 1st hand! All the State and Federal insist on providing FULL Utilities. Example... Lake Livingston, above Houston - Beautiful Park. Entrance Fee is $3/person/DAY - PLUS $21 to park in a Utility provided spot ONLY. Why are they trying to compete with RV Parks?? Plus, all the states are complaining about closing them. DUH! Stop overbuilding them!!! It's supposed to be a PARK... you know, nature and stuff....
I know the Corps of Engineers build/maintain parks also.... however, they are all getting into the RV business..... If I want a full hookup, I'll go to an RV Park...
We stopped at another Fed Park in Texas... same thing... I got a reduction on the flat rate fee, but had to park in a Utility spot..... too expensive, quite frankly and they are going where they shouldn't... leave the utilities for the professional parks and nature for the State/Federal Parks... perhaps then they can keep them open too!!!!!
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Hi Boomer Express,

The answer to your questions is at America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass

Thanks for the site info Gary and thanks for all the info from everyone else. This forum is just so darn helpful.
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Louisiana honors the Golden Age pass.Not sure about other states.
Sorry to say that is no longer true for out of state residents, with the exception of two states. They are the two that also accept the Golden Age pass for seniors (DE & MD I think).
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Depends on where you are parking... The "Intergency Abency" passes get you ha'f off at most Government Campgrounds, like the Core of Engineers site I"m typing on just now.. but if the Campground is operated by a "Vendor"then they are useless

Grand Canyon, the GoldenAge pass my wife has gets me into the park for free.

But camping is full price.
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Downsizer,

I get my info first hand also. I park in either a State Park or a COE park every month including the winter months. Like I said, I haven"t seen any COE parks with Full Hookups, only water and elec. There are some State Parks that are adding sewer. If you are speaking of BLM type land, I do't think there is any in TX.
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