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Park passes can save cash

September 14, 2007

If you're planning to visit a national park this year, or if you're a regular visitor to Tri-State area national parks, you might be interested in an Annual Interagency Pass.

The purchase of a pass can save money and help preserve national parks. The Annual Interagency Pass replaces the National Parks Pass, the Golden Eagle Pass and the National Parks Pass with Golden Eagle Hologram.

The pass costs $80 and can be purchased online at store.usgs.gov/pass. It gives the user free admission to any federal recreation site that charges an entrance or standard amenity fee.

Citizens and permanent U.S. residents 62 and older may for $10 purchase the Senior Pass. In addition to free lifetime admission to federal recreation sites that charge entrance or standard amenity fees, the Senior Pass offers the pass holder some discounts on federal-use fees for facilities and services such as camping, boat launching and tours. Lifetime admission is free to the blind and permanently disabled who can obtain the Access Pass with documentation. Both passes must be obtained in person at a federal recreation site that charges entrance or standard amenity fees.

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To order the new Interagency Annual Pass, call 1-888-275-8747 and press 1.

It costs $4 per person or $6 per family for a three-day pass to visit the museum and see the film at Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg. An annual pass to the battlefield is $20.

It costs $6 per vehicle for a three-day pass to get into Harpers Ferry National Historical Park in West Virginia. The fee for people arriving by foot, bicycle or motorcycle is $4 per person. A Harpers Ferry Annual Pass is $25.

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