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Free Military Pass Now Available

Posted by Kim Brown at Jun 05, 2012 02:40 PM |

The men and women on active duty are now eligible for a Military Pass for Free Access to National Parks and other public lands.

Add a new pass to the list of recreation passes available for federal and state land. And good news! This one is free!

A new version of the annual America the Beautiful Pass provides access to federal land for all active members of the military and their families. It provides free access to National Parks and for those trailheads requiring a Northwest Forest Pass, as well as U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management Service, and the Bureau of Reclamation.

Where there are entrance fees, the pass covers the owner and accompanying passengers in a private, non-commercial vehicle at recreation sites that charge per vehicle, such as Mount Rainier and Olympic National Parks. At sites where per-person entrance fees are charged, it covers the pass owner and three accompanying adults age 16 and older. There is no entry fee for children 15 and under.

"Our country's iconic memorials, open spaces, and majestic landscapes provide inspiration for those serving in the military, especially those far from home," said Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, whose agency oversees national forests. "In appreciation for their service, we want to encourage these men and women and their families to visit and enjoy America's wondrous lands and waterways."

This military pass has only been available since May 19 and is available at national parks and several other locations. Learn more about this pass and how it can be obtained here.

For a full description of ALL the recreation passes that are available, visit WTA's Recreation Pass Information page.