Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Federal Interagency Annual Pass Ins and Outs

There is a pass that you can get for access to federal areas around the country. I have heard it described as the “America the Beautiful” pass. I do not know if this is still the name of the pass. It is also described as the “Interagency Annual Pass”.    Interagency Annual Pass is honored nationwide at all Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and US Fish & Wildlife Service sites charging entrance or standard amenity fees. The pass is not valid at State Parks. The standard cost is $80 per year. The pass is valid for 12 months from the month of purchase. It expires on the last day of the month punched. The pass is available at a reduced cost for certain classes of people. If you are over 62 you get a discount. If you are disabled or a member of the military, again a low cost of no cost pass is available. The pass has two signature lines and any two individuals may sign the pass. Both are considered pass holders. The pass admits pass holder and any accompanying passengers in a private non-commercial vehicle. At per-person fee areas, admits pass holder and up to 3 persons. Persons
15 and younger are admitted free of charge. This is just an admission pass and does not cover camping, parking or boat launching fees. I do not know whether the tow vehicle is also covered by the pass. There is another term associated with these passes. LTVA is an acronym which stands for long term visitor area. These are often places where snowbirds stay the winter. Under the rules by which the passes operate, a visitor must move after a set number of days. When moving must be a certain number of miles. The LTVA’s are exceptions to the must move rules.

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