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Jenn Grover | 2015 T@b S Max Silver/Turquoise Trim | 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk v6 | Nights spent in T@b: 148 | Pittsburgh PA
The increase is only during peak season. Peak season would run from May 1 to Sept. 30 in these parks: Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Denali, Glacier, Grand Canyon, Grand Teton, Olympic, Sequoia Kings Canyon, Yellowstone, Yosemite and Zion.
The peak season would run from June 1 to Oct. 30 at Acadia, Mount Rainier, Rocky Mountain and Shenandoah. And Joshua Tree’s peak season would be from Jan. 1 to May 31.
Personally, I like to avoid these parks when they are are really busy. Most of my visits to Yosemite (only 3 hrs away) have been in Oct/Nov and March/May. However, some of these parks (like Denali) can only be accessed during peak season, depending on the weather. (Zion valley opened Memorial Day weekend the year I visited due to late snows.)
When I bought my annual pass last month at Lava Beds National Monument, I asked if it was good for Yosemite and Olympic (currently at $30). Yep. All of the parks, monuments, etc. in the NPS system.
We bought the 80.00 year long pass and even at the old prices considered it a great deal. We bought it in CO and it was good for the state parks there too. We hope to get more use out of it before it expires next september.
@dsatwork, I know in California, the annual national park pass does not include entry to state parks. You have to buy another annual pass for state parks.
The US NPS Senior Pass -a lifetime pass-increased from $10 to $80 in August 2017. It is for citizens over 62 years of age. While it doesn't count in Oregon State parks, it sure is nice to have! Especially with the NPS increases being considered. Of course, now I feel even more guilty because I agree that our national parks need more $$ for maintenance.
Yep, NY State surprised me one day this summer, when I asked if my 'senior' National Parks pass would get me a discount at the state park we were entering. They let us in for free! Being 'old' is great!
And, again, the "geezer pass" folks make me pine for old age....