Gents and ladies-
Been getting great ideas from these forums. Here's the latest: Investing in a one-year National Parks pass.
From the NPS website, it's fairly clear how it works: Purchase a single pass and EITHER of two signers are considered to own the pass. Then, it's good for admission for the bearer and any vehicle passengers, or the bearer and up to 3 other adults (where per-person fees are charged) at any Fed Recreational Fee area or National Park for one year. The listed participating agencies include the National Park Service, US Dept of Agriculture, and the Bureau of Land Management.
So, it seems that there's nothing to prevent my son and I from purchasing one, seeing the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam en route to his California Navy base in late October, my wife and I using it up in Central Cali for about a week after that, and me just leaving it with him for use in and around Southern and Central Cali and AZ and NV after that. Does it seem that I understand the way the Pass can be used?
What's not apparent is this: Does the pass cover any and every sort of fee area within the group of "participating agencies"? It's been a while since I did much camping, but I recall many National Forest campgrounds have per night fees. Covered by the pass? Or, is just to cover entrance fees to particular attraction areas, like National Monuments and such? Lastly, would active duty military servicemembers even need a pass, or are they admitted with a discount or free to National Parks and such by virtue of their active duty status?
Thanks for any tips.