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Alaska state parks are some of the best destinations for those who really want a taste of the wild. That taste can come with a hefty price tag, though. If you want to save money on your visits, we found out how you can do it!
Save money on your Alaska state parks visit.
Day use parking at Alaska state parks varies from park to park. Most areas require only $5 to park, but some of the different parks require a $10 fee. You can check here to find out exactly how much the park is that you want to visit. Remember, the fee is only for parking. There is no entrance fee if you walk in at any of the Alaska state parks. Most activities and events are included with admission, but guided tours are not.
You could save money on a state parks annual pass. The pass is $50 for a year. Alaska does not offer any discounts on the passes. They work on a rolling schedule so yours will be good for exactly 12 months from the day you purchase it. Alaska state parks passes are good at all of the state parks, but the ones it is included in are listed here.
Volunteering at Alaska state parks is a great way to save money on daily use and annual fees. Volunteers get free annual passes for volunteering. The volunteer process of Alaska state parks is rigorous. Volunteers must pass training courses and must be prepared for different situations in the wild.
Get free camping at Alaska state parks.
If you are 100% disabled from a service-connected disability and you have proof from the VA or in the form of a disability card, you can get free camping in the state parks. You must be a resident of Alaska for at least one year before you can qualify for the free camping. Those who were stationed in Alaska prior to the service-connected disability will be considered residents of the state.
Campground hosts can get free camping as long as they can volunteer their time. The campground hosts must undergo the same rigorous training as other volunteers. They must be knowledgeable of the wilderness and prepared to answer questions about camping in the state parks. Hosts must be willing to commit at least a week to hosting and must apply early since spots fill up fast.
Enjoy various activities at the parks.
Alaska state parks have hiking trails with varying levels of difficulty. Due to the rugged terrain at the state parks, hikers must prepare for a variety of conditions. Many trails are dangerous and it’s important to check the ease of hiking. The state parks clearly mark which trails are suitable for families and beginners.
At nearly all of the Alaska state parks, you can learn more about the wilderness and what it’s like in each of the parks. The interpretive centers and the visitors’ centers are open seasonally in most of the state parks. They offer free education, classes and even exhibits relating to the state parks.