A 2016 FREE National Parks pass
is available to all branches of the Military (Army, AF, Navy, etc). This is
an $80 value savings!! This includes free entrance to over
2000 federal recreational sites!
As a bonus, it's actually more than just national parks. These five agencies also participate:
National Park Service
U.S. Forest Service
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Bureau of Land Management
Bureau of Reclamation
This program is called America The Beautiful - The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass
US Military Members and their dependents
Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, US Reserves, National Guard Members
Where do I get it?
You have to obtain it IN PERSON. You cannot order it online unfortunately. They offer it at Federal recreation sites that charge entrance or standard amenity fees. So pretty much any place you can get a regular pass, you can get this pass.
If you want a full list of locations that you can pick up your pass, click HERE
What ID should I show?
Preferably your CAC card or DoD Form 1173. I actually didn't have my CAC or Form 1173 military ID when I got mine, but I did have my orders with me and that worked just fine. Orders have to be over 30 days.
After obtaining your "America the Beautiful" pass, you must bring photo ID along with the free annual pass to get in
What does it cover?
It covers the entrance fee and amenity fees for your vehicle or up to 4 people including you. Children 15 and under get in for free and don't count toward the 4 people limit.
HERE is a FAQ about the military pass if you have other questions
How long does the pass last?
12 months (one year)
So if you like to fish, hunt, camp, boat, hike, pretty much anything outdoors, this pass could be awesome to have.
There are also many days that have free entrance for veterans and the public. There are 16 days in 2016 that ared free for everyone. Some examples include: