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National Park Service launches pilot online pass program

Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse in Acadia National Park. Credit: Matthew Baron

Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse in Acadia National Park. Credit: Matthew Baron

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Author: TrailMob
Date: 02.17.16

BAR HARBOR, Maine -- Paying the entrance fee to Acadia National Park just got a little easier. For the first time visitors can go to the website “YourPassNow” and purchase an entrance pass.

The National Park Service has launched a pilot program to sell entrance passes online. The passes purchased online have no additional costs and all options are available. Maine Senators Susan Collins and Angus King urged the NPS to offer park entrance pass sales online and to start with Acadia National Park.  “With the launch of this pilot program at Acadia, the National Park System is entering a new era of accessibility,” Senator King said. “Electronic park passes will not only make it easier for the American people to visit and enjoy our most treasured places, but they'll also help the park service maximize sales and generate new revenues. I applaud the park service for embracing the power of this technology and am delighted that Acadia is leading the nation in piloting it.”

“Today, many of Acadia’s visitors conduct business on their smartphones, tablets, and laptops,” said Acadia Superintendent Kevin Schneider. “Your Pass Now modernizes the sale of entrance passes and provides a convenient alternative to purchasing the entrance pass in person.”

After a visitor has purchased the electronic entrance pass they can print it at home or keep it on their phone or tablet.  Park Rangers will simply scan a QR code from the device to verify it when they arrive at Acadia.

Over the next few months, the pilot program will expand to the Colorado National Monument, Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Everglades National Park, and San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.  In order to test a variety of online service options, Everglades and San Francisco Maritime will use different websites than “Your Pass Now.”

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