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Free federal parks and recreation Access Pass

July 16, 2009

NOTE: This article is relevant to travel for people with disabilities

How to Travel With A Free Federal Parks And Recreation Access Pass
When traveling, and you are legally disabled, remember to get a free, lifetime Access Pass to gain free admission at all Federal Parks across the United States. Along with this discount individuals, who are disabled, may use the Access Pass to enjoy many other discounts including camping, swimming, boat launching, and guided tours. When taking your vacation, or going on a road trip, do not leave home without your Access Pass.

Vacation with A Disability Access Pass
The Access Pass is a lifetime pass to enter National Parks at no charge as you travel around the U.S. You must be medically disabled and will need one of the following as proof.

  1. Statement by a licensed physician
  2. Document issued by Federal agency such as the Veteran’s Administration, Social Security Disability Income, or Supplemental Security Income
  3. Document issued by a State agency such as a vocational rehabilitation agency.

Disability National Access Pass – Where To Obtain an Access Pass To Take On Your Vacation
You can not order a National Parks Access Pass online since you need to provide documentation about your disability and residency. Go in person to one of these offices to obtain your Access Pass

  1. National Park Service
  2. Fish & Wildlife Service
  3. Bureau of Land Management
  4. USDA Forest Service
  5. Bureau of Reclamation

If you are already traveling purchase your Pass at the entrance of any Federal Park.

Use your Access Pass, for the Disabled, When Vacationing
This lifetime pass, for those who are disabled, will admit one vehicle into National Parks where there is an admission fee. The disabled person must provide a picture identification to verify they are the pass owner. As you determine your travel or vacation itinerary it is suggested that you contact the site they plan to visit to see if the Access Pass is accepted. The Forest Service, the National Park Service, Federal Recreation lands, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Bureau of Reclamation honor the Access Pass. Be sure to inquire before you leave for your trip.

Access Pass Travel Amenities
General discounts are available at many other venues while traveling and sightseeing. They include:

  1. Individual campsite the card owner is occupying.
  2. Utility fees at campsites when that fee is included in the cost of the campsite.
  3. Guided Tours: Present your Access Pass to see is they honor it and only the owner of the pass qualifies for the discount. Some local amenities include Transportation Systems and Special Use Permit Fees. Anything local needs to be inquired on locally.

The Access Pass provides a ‘perk’ for disabled travelers. Take advantage of the opportunity to take a road trip, go on a vacation, or sight see all of the beautiful National Parks in the United States. Check out the participating Federal recreation sites at http://www.recreation.gov for more information about Federal recreation sites.

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