Want to get out in the Pacific Northwest? You will probably need a parking pass for this.
Annual park passes have become the norm in outdoor recreation areas from the Oregon coast to the high desert, and although not everyone spot requires cars to show valid passports, nowadays most do. But instead of paying $5 or $10 for a single day pass, you might be better off with an annual pass (or multiple) to ensure you never run the risk of getting a ticket at the trailhead.
There are of course many possibilities.
One of the best deals is the America the Beautiful Pass, an $80 annual pass that gives you access to every state in the country. Combine it with a $30 Oregon State Parks Pass or a $35 Washington State Parks Discover Pass and you’re all set for a year of adventure.
Whether you’re buying a park pass for yourself or getting a gift for the outdoor lover in your life, here’s what to buy.
OREGON STATE PARKS PASS
Where it is accepted: The 25 Oregon state parks that charge a parking fee, including Smith Rock, Silver Falls, and Fort Stevens state parks. Price: $30 for one year, $50 for two years. Where to buy one: Purchase a pass online, at most major state parks, or from vendors statewide.
NORTH WESTERN FOREST PASS
Where it is accepted: All open US Forest Service recreation areas in Oregon and Washington that charge a day-use fee, including most hiking trails and day-use areas. Price: $30 for a year. Where to buy one: Purchase a pass online, at US Forest Service offices, or at dealerships throughout the Northwest.
AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL PASS
Where it is accepted: All state recreation areas in the country, including national parks and lands managed by the US Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management. Price: $80 for a year. Where to buy one: Buy a pass online or from local state administration offices.
Where it is accepted: All state recreation areas in Washington, including all Washington State Parks. Price: $35 for a year. Where to buy one: Purchase a pass online, at some state parks, or from vendors across the state.
METRO PARKS PASS
Where it is accepted: All parks and natural areas managed by Metro that charge parking fees, including Oxbow Regional Park and Broughton Beach.
Price: $40 for one year, $80 for two years Where to buy one: Purchase a pass online or at the Blue Lake or Oxbow Park offices.
OREGON SNO PARK PASS
Where it is accepted: All Sno-Parks in Oregon, when parking fees apply, from November 1st to April 30th, as well as Sno-Parks in California and Idaho. Price: $25 for a year. Where to buy one: Purchase a pass online, from Oregon DMV officials, or from merchants across the state.
PERMISSION FOR THE ODFW WILDLIFE AREA
Where it is accepted: All wildlife areas managed by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, including those on Sauvie Island and eastern Oregon.
Price: $30 for a year
Where to buy one: Purchase a pass online, at ODFW offices, or from vendors across the state.
OREGON PACIFIC COAST PASSPORT
Where it is accepted: Located in 16 state recreation areas and Oregon Coast State Parks along the Oregon Coast, including Fort Stevens State Park, Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area and Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area.
Price: $35 for a year.
Where to buy one: From select providers along the coast, including state parks, BLM and US Forest Service headquarters, or by calling 800-551-6949.
– Jamie Hale
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