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Old 07-20-2014, 09:53 PM   #1
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Learned something new while making reservations on Recreation.gov just a bit ago. While checking out it asked for my national park pass number and discounted my reservations 50% for the COE park. I surely don't believe I have ever stayed in any hotel for $8 a night. Must be cheaper to camp!
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Old 07-22-2014, 11:28 AM   #2
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When Motel 6 first started they were $6 a night and we stayed there a lot.
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What is COE park?
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We've used that pass for several years now. There is no better bargain anywhere, especially from our federal government. Besides that, the COE parks we've been in are superb.
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I've camped in some very nice CoE campgrounds. If you want resort amenities then CoE campgrounds aren't for you but if you want a quiet and a relaxing place to stay then go for it. As a senior with an "America the Beautiful" pass you can't beat the price. The most I've spent so far is $15/night. I got my pass about 4 years ago before I had a RV. When we went to the Painted Desert and I paid $10 for the pass that was the best $10 I have every spent. If you want to save even more become a volunteer host and stay for nothing.
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Learned something new while making reservations on Recreation.gov just a bit ago. While checking out it asked for my national park pass number and discounted my reservations 50% for the COE park. I surely don't believe I have ever stayed in any hotel for $8 a night. Must be cheaper to camp!
dbarr, if you are 62 or older, you can pay a one-time $10 fee and get a senior pass (forget exactly what they call them and mine is out in the truck) that gets you that 50% discount at COE campgrounds plus free admission to national parks. And, you don't have to book through Recreation.gov. If you are just stopping into a Corps campground in the middle of the week with no reservations, show your pass at check-in and get the same 50% discount.

Not a hell of a lot of advantages in getting old, but that one and Mickey D's "senior coffee" for 57 cents are two that come to mind.

EDIT: The senior pass is good for the rest of your life...no expiration date...until YOU expire
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When Motel 6 first started they were $6 a night and we stayed there a lot.
I remember 14.99-19.99 when I first started traveling on my own.


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