Zion National Park Passes, Interagency Passes, for 2013 available in time for Christmas

Zion National Park Pass 2013 Image composite Brett Barrett St. George News
National Park Pass 2013. Available in time for Christmas. | Image composite by Brett Barrett, St. George News

ZION NATIONAL PARK – The 2013 Zion National Park pass and the new Interagency Annual Pass are now available for the first time in time to buy them as Christmas gifts. Both will be effective Jan. 1, 2013.

This is the first time you can buy a pass for someone else and the first time passes purchased are not required to be signed at the time of purchase; but note, the passes are not transferrable once they have been signed. Signatures to the passes will be required on first use. Although they are not returnable, if they are not yet signed they may be transferred to someone else.

The Zion Annual Pass

The first in a series of annual passes that depict objects from the park’s art collections, the 2013 Zion National Park pass features a painting by Howard Russell Butler, who was commissioned by the Union Pacific Railroad in 1926 to paint a series of landscapes promoting the scenic marvels of the Colorado Plateau. “Mountains of the Sun” and others were used in a traveling exhibit by the railroad to promote tourism in the region. For many Americans, these paintings were their first glimpse of the beauty of Zion National Park.

The Zion pass costs $50. It is valid for 12 months from purchase date, except that all passes sold in December 2012 will be validated and honored at the partk from Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2013. The Zion Annual Pass admits the pass holder/s and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle (14 passenger capacity or less) to Zion National Park.

The pass is available at the Zion Headquarters Building Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and at the Kolob Visitor Center 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day; after the New Year, they will be available at all park entrance stations.

The new Interagency Annual Pass costs $80. It is valid for 12 months from from purchase date. This pass provides access to, and use of, Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity Fee, including recreation areas under the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, and U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Reclamation.  The pass admits the pass holder/s and passengers in a noncommercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas. At per-person fee areas, it admits the pass holder plus 3 adults.

The pass can be obtained in person at Zion entrance stations Jan. 1, 2013, following – it is not available at Zion before then – and at other National Park sites, and anytime now online or by calling 888-ASK-USGS, Extension 1.

The Interagency Pass replaces the now discontinued Golden Eagle Passport and National Parks Pass.

 The Annual Pass for Military was implemented on May 19, 2012. The Annual Pass for Military is free for active duty military personnel (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard) and their dependents. This pass will be available through December 31, 2013. In order to qualify for the Annual Pass for Military, the military member must present a valid Department of Defense (CAC Card). Dependents must present a Department of Defense ID (DD Form 1173) that identifies the dependent and his/her sponsor. Some members of the Military Reserve may be eligible for this pass.

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