National Parks Senior Pass Prices Increase

NATIONAL PARK SERVICE

It’s official, Senior Pass prices are going up August 28th. An annual, and lifetime pass with be available for $20 and $80 respectively.

On August 28, 2017, the price of the America the Beautiful – The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass will increase for the first time since 1994. The additional revenue will be used to enhance the visitor experience in parks. Learn more about the changes, what they mean for you, and how the additional funds will be used.

Why is the price of the Senior Pass increasing?

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Minor Delays as Valles Caldera Makes Improvements to Main Entrance Road

VALLES CALDERA NATIONAL PRESERVE

 

Valles Caldera National Preserve will begin making improvements to the preserve’s main entrance road starting next Tuesday. The road improvement work is being implemented using Congressional funding provided to the National Park Service to reduce its deferred maintenance backlog. Visitors can expect minor traffic delays and congestion while the road work occurs over the next two to three weeks.

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Snow Storm Forecast in the Valles Caldera

By Ranger Christina

VALLES CALDERA NATIONAL PRESERVE

Main entrance and contact station will be closed today, February 28 due to severe winter conditions.

Over the next 24 hours, the main entrance of the preserve is forecasted to receive anywhere between 6 to 12 inches of snow with winds gusting at 15 mph! For the safety of staff and visitors, the main entrance and contact station will be closed Tuesday, February 28th in anticipation of this severe winter weather. The preserve will reopen Wednesday, March 1st at 9 AM if conditions allow. We apologize for any inconveniences this has caused.

Let it snow!

 

It’s Alive (SB286)!

Mary Katherine Ray

TRAP FREE NEW MEXICO

Last Tuesday in the Senate Conservation Committee heard SB 286, the bill to ban traps and poisons from public land. After impassioned testimony from the public, the senators on the committee discussed elements of the bill. Most of that discussion centered on technical questions about the penalties the bill would impose on violators, about which agency would enforce infractions and on which public lands the state has the ability to restrict traps. Then, rather than voting on the bill, the committee unexpectedly directed the sponsor to come up with a committee substitute bill that would address these questions. (You can watch a webcast of the entire hearing here

So in the end, no vote was taken. This means the bill is not dead. In fact, this is the first time in the history of this bill that a legislative committee actually discussed its provisions and did not table it!
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A Rare Sight in the Valles Caldera

By R.W.

Image of the East Fork in the Valles Caldera from video by Ranger Christina of the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

 

Climate change skeptics must rejoice these days, since climate change data is no longer tumbling down upon us together with the early run off from the mountains. We can take the administration’s assertion that it is all a Chinese hoax, accept the New Alternative Truth and welcome the demise of methane, carbon dioxide and other pollutant regulations.

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2017 Fee-Free Days in National Parks Locally and Nationwide

By Chris Judson

BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT

 

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Frijoles Canyon in Bandelier National Monument.

 

Anyone wanting to stretch their travel budget to be able to visit the greatest number America’s very best places, should be sure to consider the 10 days this year when all National Park Service areas are fee free – no entrance fees! In the Los Alamos area, that includes both Bandelier National Monument and the Valles Caldera National Preserve. The Manhattan Project National Historical Park (NHP), in downtown Los Alamos, has no entrance fee.

 

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