Want to get out in the Pacific Northwest? You will probably need a parking pass for this.
Annual parking passes have become the norm in outdoor recreation areas from the Oregon coast to the high desert, and while not every location requires cars to show valid passes, most do today. 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’s 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: Buy a pass online, at most major state parks, or from vendors across the state.
NORTH WESTERN FOREST PASS
Where 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 one year. Where to Buy One: Buy a pass online, at US Forest Service offices, or at dealerships in the Northwest.
AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL PASS
Where Accepted: All federal recreation areas in the country, including national parks and lands managed by the US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management. Price: $80 for one year. Where to buy one: Buy a pass online or from local state administration offices.
Where Accepted: All state recreation areas in Washington, including all Washington State Parks. Price: $35 for one year. Where to Buy: Buy a pass online, at some state parks, or from vendors across the state.
METRO PARKS PASS
Where 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: Buy a pass online or at the Blue Lake or Oxbow Park offices.
OREGON SNO PARK PASS
Where Accepted: All sno-parks in Oregon, when parking fees apply, from November 1 through April 30, as well as sno-parks in California and Idaho. Price: $25 for one year. Where to Buy One: Buy a pass online, from Oregon DMV officials, or from merchants across the state.
PERMISSION FOR THE ODFW WILDLIFE AREA
Where Accepted: All wildlife refuges managed by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, including those on Sauvie Island and eastern Oregon.
Price: $30 for one year
Where to Buy One: Buy a pass online, from ODFW offices, or from vendors across the state.
OREGON PACIFIC COAST PASSPORT
Where Accepted: In 16 federal recreation areas and Oregon 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 one year.
Where to Buy One: From select coastal vendors including State Parks, BLM, and US Forest Service Headquarters, or by calling 800-551-6949.
– Jamie Hale
503-294-4077; [email protected]; @HaleJamesB
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