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Old 04-23-2021, 09:33 AM   #41
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Here are the rules and regulations for Wyoming STATE Parks:

https://wyoparks.wyo.gov/index.php/p...s/permits-fees

The Senior Pass that youroo was referring to is the SENIOR version of the America the Beautiful pass. That one is a ONE-TIME fee of $80. there is another American the Beautiful pass that is for the "under 65" crowd. That one is an ANNUAL fee of $80. But, both will get you into ANY National park for free.

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Old 04-23-2021, 09:44 AM   #42
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The camping fee should cover the day use fee at campgrounds.
It doesn't, in all states.
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Old 04-23-2021, 09:49 AM   #43
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Florida state parks will charge a $7/day utility fee to all campers, effective May 5th.

https://www.fox4now.com/news/protect...k-fee-schedule
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Old 04-23-2021, 10:00 AM   #44
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[The] American the Beautiful pass ... will get you into ANY National park for free.
Entrance is free to National parks and many other federal recreation sites; camping is not. It is 1/2 price in National Parks, though, with similar discounts in most (not all) other federal camping areas having a fee. Pass descriptions can be found below but it doesn't detail every discount in every site.

https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/passes.htm
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Old 04-23-2021, 10:39 AM   #45
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In Alaska, our State Parks have a day use fee which is mostly a Parking Fee, usually it's $5.00, or you can get a yearly pass for $60. With a daily parking fee you must vacate the park by 10PM (no overnight stays). Camping is a separate fee ranging from $20 - $35 depending on the area. If you pay the camping fee the parking fee is waived and you're allowed to stay overnight. Depending on the area the dump station may be free or $5. Boat launch fees are separate. Disabled Veterans can obtain a free pass which covers both parking fees and camping, but not boat launch. The Veteran has to apply in-person with their VA letter at a local DNR office to obtain a decal which must be renewed every 2 years. Our National Parks are just like those in the lower 48 with America the Beautiful and Veterans Passes. Most Alaskans steer clear of Denali because it is usually chocked full of tourists, although since COVID, Denali has been empty. Our State Parks were never shut down for COVID. Our Governor rightfully declared outdoor recreation as "essential".
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Old 04-23-2021, 01:13 PM   #46
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We have purchased the Senior (unfortunately) Lifetime Pass for $80 years ago. Good for life and gives free admission to you & whomever is in your vehicle. Only good at National Parks though. Does not cover camping fees.
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Old 04-23-2021, 01:26 PM   #47
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We have purchased the Senior (unfortunately) Lifetime Pass for $80 years ago. Good for life and gives free admission to you & whomever is in your vehicle. Only good at National Parks though. Does not cover camping fees.
Works very well for Corps of Engineer parks/campgrounds. Free entrance and half off the camping fee. Same for MOST National Forest campgrounds.

We got our Senior Lifetime Passes while they were still $20.

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We have purchased the Senior (unfortunately) Lifetime Pass for $80 years ago. Good for life and gives free admission to you & whomever is in your vehicle. Only good at National Parks though. Does not cover camping fees.
Although it does get you 50% off the camping fees at National Parks, National Forests, and Corps of Engineers campgrounds. Very handy.

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Old 04-23-2021, 08:29 PM   #49
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... We got our Senior Lifetime Passes while they were still $20. ...
I bought mine on the very last day they were available at that price, as my 62nd birthday present to me. The intersection of the two events was perfect.
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Old 04-24-2021, 07:50 AM   #50
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Just remember that if you are a permanently disabled person, or legally blind, that there is a Golden Access Pass that is free.
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Old 04-24-2021, 08:05 AM   #51
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For Texas State Parks -

There are separate fees for camping and entry. If you have to pay both on a large party, it will be pricy. The State Park Pass covers the entry fee for everyone in the card holders car, and gets a 10% discount on camping, gift shop, etc.

the Entry fee is $5/ person per day for most parks. I think the "Accessory fee" the other posted paid was probably the entry fee.

Note the the pass is for people in your car. My son will follow in his truck to carry bikes, and he has to pay $5/day, because he is not with me.

The Texas SPP is about $75, so for me (3 kids/5 people) 3 nights is the break even.
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The Florida State Park Pass gives no discounts on camping and the camping fee includes access. If you're a camper, it's pointless. There's also no senior discount.
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Old 04-24-2021, 06:30 PM   #53
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Here's a nice summary:

tripsavvy: State Park Entrance Passes

It says it was updated in May 2020.
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Old 04-27-2021, 01:24 PM   #54
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Lake Mineral Wells State park

FYI, They no longer allow use of dump station unless you have a camp site.

Used to pay a small fee to dump here when we are traveling in that area.
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Fee is usually included in the camping rate.
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Old 04-29-2021, 05:33 AM   #56
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Speaking from my experience I donít mind the entry fee. We just booked two week trip to the north west. I believe the wife told me it would be an average of almost $40 a night some as high as $50+ a night. Very few will give us the same space and feeling of being in the outdoors as most the state parks we stay in. Staying in a state park itís $20 to $30 a night depending on park and site amenities x3 people at $5-$7 a day. So the price comes out about the same. It cost money to run the State Park I have no problem having the user of the facility bearing a larger share of the cost. My mom will never go to a state park the extra money that would have to be included in sales tax to make up for lack of fees shouldnít be her burden.
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Old 04-30-2021, 05:08 PM   #57
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Last winter, we stayed at a Louisiana state park and the camping fee covers the day use, as well. In Minnesota, two years a ago, you paid for both camping and day use, but of course, that is a high tax state.
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... In Minnesota, two years a ago, you paid for both camping and day use, but of course, that is a high tax state.
It would seem more logical if the low tax states charged higher park fees but there is no consistency between states.
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