The Gift of a Zion National Park Annual Pass

Gift giving is one of the most prominent parts of the holiday season, but it can also cause quite a bit of stress. If you’re someone who has a difficult time picking out thoughtful Christmas gifts that are practical and fun, or if you’re looking for an awesome last-minute present, consider buying your friends or loved ones annual passes to Zion National Park.

Zion National Park Entrance

Beauty can be found everywhere in St. George, especially in Zion National Park. Zion’s has the distinction of being Utah’s first national park since its establishment on November 19, 1919. This site is more than a landmark or a tourist favorite, it’s a refuge and a nature lover’s dream. There are a great number of hiking trails in Zion National Park, and no shortage of opportunities to enjoy canyoneering and climbing. If the folks on your gift list are into animals, annual admission to Zion National Park will give them the chance to see 67 species of mammals, 291 types of birds, 4 species of fish, and many more types of fauna and flora native to the area in their natural habitats. With so much to see and do around Zion National Park, an annual pass is perfect for families, couples, and individuals.

Zion National Park, which is part of the National Park Service, offers four types of annual passes. The most popular is the Interagency Annual Pass, which costs $80 and is valid for 12 months from the purchase date. This particular pass allows the pass holder and up to 3 adults admittance into over 2,000 Federal recreation sites in the country. Children under 16 are admitted for free, and annual passes cover non-commercial vehicles and motorcycles. Since Utah itself has no many National Parks and recreation sites, the Interagency Annual Pass is a great value. In addition to the Interagency Annual Pass, the Zion Annual Pass, Military Annual Pass, and Interagency Volunteer Pass are also available for purchase at most Federal recreation sites, by phone at 1-888-ASK-USGS, or online.

If you’re in a bind and need to purchase a pass quickly, buying online is your best bet. This  is a gift that will surely be appreciated and put to good use as is, but if you want to go the extra mile, make a small gift basket. Bundle the pass with a book about Zion National Park, and water bottles for the family, person, or couple who is receiving the pass.  You could even include a few small stuffed animals representing species in the park. The latter option will be a big hit with kids! Giving passes to Zion National Park for Christmas is a gift that is unexpected and will be enjoyed by recipients throughout the new year.

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