Active military personnel and their dependents are eligible to receive free one-year passes to all U.S. National Park areas. A free life-long pass is available for any U.S. citizen with disabilities. In honor of Veterans Day, Rangers from Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument will be handing out these passes from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. or while supplies last on Nov. 5 at the Fort Carson Post Exchange.
In order to receive the annual pass, interested parties should have either their military ID (CAC) or a dependent ID card (DD1173).
To receive the other pass, the Access Passport, the recipient must be a U.S. citizen who has one or more permanent disability that affects one or more major life activities such as seeing, hearing, communicating, thinking, emotional difficulties, driving, dressing, eating, etc. To receive this card, interested persons must be willing to sign a legal affidavit that they have been medically determined to have one or more permanent disabilities.
Florissant Fossil Beds has distributed thousands of free passes to the military community as part of its Post to Parks outreach program. This program aims to help connect the military community with our national park areas. Park spokesperson Jeff Wolin says, “We hope to help the military community connect to the places that they have defended and to recreate, enjoy, be engaged, and learn in our National Parks and public lands.”