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National Park Pass

by wms.lisa Online Now Mar 5, 2013 at 5:16 AM

I will be staying at the Grand Canyon Bright Angel March 15, 2013 and will be driving a car. We will be doing 2 day hikes. Do you recommend buying the entry pass at the gate or at another location?

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    Re: National Park Pass

    by goodfish Online Now Mar 5, 2013 at 5:27 AM

    Hi - welcome to Virtual Tourist. :O)

    Yes, it's very easy to purchase at the entrance to the park, and is good for a week.

    Are you doing any other National Parks on your trip? I'm asking because there is another type of pass that can be a good deal for people planning to visit multiple parks within a year.

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    Re: National Park Pass

    by blueskyjohn Online Now Mar 5, 2013 at 5:29 AM

    There's really no reason to pre-purchase a pass into the oark. You still have to wait in the same line to get in. Have you reserved your backcountry permit? All backcountry camping requires this. You will need that if you are two days out on a trail.

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    Re: National Park Pass

    by goodfish Online Now Mar 5, 2013 at 5:30 AM

    To add: I see you mention "we" in your note? One pass covers all of you in the vehicle, and costs $25: a very good deal!!!

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    by goodfish Online Now Mar 5, 2013 at 5:37 AM

    Sounds like you've booked accommodations at Bright Angel Lodge? I've stayed there and you can't sleep any closer to the rim than that: excellent choice.

    I'm not sure what you've planned for your day hikes, or what time of year you're going? Care to share?

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    Re: National Park Pass

    by blueskyjohn Online Now Mar 5, 2013 at 5:42 AM

    Sorry, miss read that as a 2 day hike instead of 2 day hikes. March would be pretty cold camping in the GC.

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    Re: National Park Pass

    by goodfish Online Now Mar 5, 2013 at 5:49 AM

    And I missed the mention of March! DOH!
    Sorry! Guess I better go make some more coffee...

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    Re: National Park Pass

    by rngr633 Online Now Mar 13, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    Hello-

    If you are entering thru the South Entrance, stop at the IMAX Theater before the park. There is a Ranger Station inside where you can buy your entry pass. NOW, you can use the Prepaid entry lane on the left, & avoid waiting in line to enter the park. The $25 is also a credit towards one of the Annual Passes, if you decide to upgrade.

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