National Park Access Pass
We recently discovered the National Park Services has a wonderful program for permanently disabled US Citizens. Now what level of “disabled” seems to be very much in the gray area as we discovered.
We originally had planned on purchasing a America is Beautiful Annual pass and upon visiting the website we ran across this page which explained the requirements and benefits of the National Park Access Pass. Since Greg has a permanent eye condition that effects his vision we got a letter from his eye Dr. and arrived at Death Valley to see if he would meet their qualifications.
Turns out there really is no qualification. In fact, they didn’t even look at the letter. You just have to sign a form that attests to the following:
“I have a permanent disability and that disability is a permanent physical, mental, or sensory impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, such as caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working.”
Greg forgot his glasses so I ended up reading him the form. When I asked the ranger why they didn’t require more evidence he said the rangers aren’t Dr’s so essentially it’s great if people bring in documentation, but in reality anyone who requests the Access Pass and is willing to attest to the above statement can acquire one for free.
So we got our pass and so far its saved us the $20 entry fee and $6.00 in camping fees. Yay!