State Park Pass for full-time RVers

Snippet: State Park Pass for full-time RVers

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

Our State

South Dakota

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

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.

Texas State Park Passes for full-time RVers
Texas State Park Passes for full-time RVers

Oregon

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.

Oregon Special Access Pass
Oregon Special Access Pass

Florida

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

Florida State Park Passes for full-time RVers
Florida State Park Passes for full-time RVers

Virginia

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

Virginia State Park Pass for full-time RVers
Virginia State Park Pass for full-time RVers

Other State Park Passes we use

Washington

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

Washington State Park Pass for full-time RVers
Washington State Park Pass for full-time RVers

California

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

California State Park Pass for full-time RVers
California State Park Pass for full-time RVers

North Carolina

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

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

Utah State Park Pass for full-time RVers
Utah State Park Pass for full-time RVers

New Mexico

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

New Mexico State Park Pass for full-time RVers
New Mexico State Park Pass for full-time RVers

Summary

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

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  3. I could not agree more about state parks vs. commercial campgrounds.

    We do not qualify for discounts, so they can be a bit pricy – but always more enjoyable, with larger sites, walking and hiking opportunities, less proximity to train tracks or highways, etc.

    Of course, federal campgrounds are our number one favorite because of the “half price” old age discount! And thanks in advance for all of your Pac Northwest posts . . . going to start reading through them in detail, as I plan our 2024 summer.

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