Free National Park Passes for Military Personnel, Military Families

Pass normally costs $80

Tuesday, May 15, 2012  |  Updated 10:06 AM EDT
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Military to Get Free Pass to National Parks

National Park Service

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Active members of the military and their families can soon visit national parks around the country free of charge.

Beginning Saturday, the Interior Department reports that annual passes will be free to members of the military. The pass, which normally costs $80, will grant access to more than 2,000 national parks across the United States. It will admit the pass owner and any accompanying passengers in a private, non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas, and will also admit up the 3 accompanying adults at places that charge a per-person fee.

Military members must show a current, valid military identification card to obtain their pass. They can pick up the pass at any national park or wildlife refuge that charges an entrance fee and at some other sites.

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