Park pass consolidated

January 14, 2007|By CANDUS THOMSON | CANDUS THOMSON,Sun Reporter

If you visit a lot of federal parks and forests, as I do, you probably learned of the value of the "Golden Eagle" annual pass for national parks and the little add-on sticker that was good at other pretty places run by the Interior and Agriculture departments.

Instead of paying separate entrance fees at each site, you could just flash the pass and drive on. The savings really added up on trips to Assateague and Chincoteague and vacation swings out west to hike in the Grand Canyon; at Tonto National Forest; and at Bryce, Zion and Capitol Reef national parks.

This year, Interior and Ag honchos have decided to simplify the process on one piece of plastic. The $80 "America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass" will get you and your carload of friends and family into all federal recreation lands.

Buy one at Fort McHenry National Monument and at least 80 percent of the money will be earmarked for projects there. You can also get passes online at: store.usgs.gov/pass or by phone at 888-275-8747.

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