What are the State Park Passes for full-time RVers that we use? How did we get them? What is the cost and what are the benefits? Which ones are the best?
State passes that we use
I also qualify for different state programs. South Dakota has discounts at state parks. I also get a free fishing and hunting license in South Dakota. Here is a link to the South Dakota Disabled Veterans State Parks Pass Here is a link to the other pass. South Dakota State Park License
Texas, Florida, Virginia, and Oregon disabled veterans pass
Texas, Florida, Virginia, and Oregon give discounts associated with my veteran’s disability status even for non-residents. Many states have programs for veterans which leads to discounts on multiple programs in that state.
Texas has a program for disabled veterans which provides discounts at Texas State Parks for disabled veterans from any state. Here is a link to that program. Texas State Parks Pass The Texas State Park Pass for disabled veterans is only available in person and you do not have to be from Texas to get this free pass.
The best program for disabled veterans is from Oregon State Parks. The program is so good that I made a dedicated post to it. Oregon State Parks Special Access Pass
If you are a disabled veteran make sure to click on the article for the Oregon State Parks Special Access Pass.
Florida also has a State Park pass. This pass for me was a lifetime pass but typically they only last one year. Here is a link to that program Florida State Parks Annual Pass
Virginia also has a State Park pass. This pass for me also gives me a 50% discount on campground fees. For me this pass also was free. Here is a link to the program. Virginia State Parks Pass As a special for disabled veterans here is a link to the application form for the disabled veteran’s program. Virginia Veterans Application Form
Other State Park Passes we use
Washington also has a State Parks Pass for disabled veterans but unlike the previous states, they only give it to residents of Washington state. If you are from Washington State and are a disabled veteran, then you also get free camping. Here is a link to the disabled veteran’s pass. Washington Disabled Veterans Pass. Since we are from South Dakota we purchased full-price for this pass. Washington Discover Pass
California also has a State Parks Pass but we have not spent enough time in California to warrant a purchase. Here is a link. California State Parks Pass. Similar to the Washington the California Distinguished Veteran pass and California Disabled Veterans Pass are only for residents of California
North Carolina State Parks Annual Pass gives the purchaser discounts while in the park. North Carolina does not charge entrance fees to state parks. North Carolina State Parks Annual Pass
Utah has a State Parks pass and also a state parks pass for resident disabled veterans. Here is a link. Utah Veterans Honor Pass We have not spent enough time in Utah State Parks to warrant an annual pass so we haven’t purchased one. Here is a link to that program Utah State Parks Pass
New Mexico has a unique program that I have not seen matched in other states. We used the New Mexico camping pass in 2018. If you buy the camping pass you can stay at New Mexico state parks nearly all year. Stay limits still apply. We went from park to park all spring as we toured New Mexico. If you are a resident of New Mexico you can buy a camping pass for New Mexico State Parks for $180. If you are not a resident of New Mexico you can buy a camping pass for the state parks for $225. Here is a link to the program. Anyone can purchase a day-use pass for $40 (prices checked in 2022). New Mexico State Park Pass
We love staying in state parks. I can’t think of any commercial campground that equals state park campgrounds. Of course, we also stay in national parks, forests, and other places. This link will take you to the program describing our national park pass. Snippet: America The Beautiful Pass