Acadia National Park passes are now available online. FILE PHOTO

Park passes now online



ACADIA NATIONAL PARK — The National Park Service (NPS) has launched a pilot program to sell entrance passes for Acadia online through the Your Pass Now website: yourpassnow.com.

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

The NPS uses entrance fees at Acadia to fund park improvements including maintaining and enhancing visitor facilities. The entrance fees also help pay for the operation of the Island Explorer bus system, which serves Acadia and the surrounding communities.

Last year, Acadia logged 2.7 million recreational visitors.

Maine Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King urged the NPS to offer park entrance pass sales online and to start with Acadia.

“With the launch of this pilot program at Acadia, the National Park System is entering a new era of accessibility,” 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.”

Once purchased, the electronic entrance pass can either be printed or reside on a mobile device for use at the park on the date of purchase or at a specified future date. Park staff will validate the entrance pass using a Quick Response (QR) code reader. The pass is non-transferrable, non-refundable, non-replaceable if lost or stolen, and void if altered or reproduced.

Over the next few months, four other NPS units including Everglades National Park will join Acadia in selling entrance passes online.

The price of entrance passes is the same for those purchased in person or online.

The fee for an annual pass for Acadia is $50. Seven-day entrance passes are $25 for a private vehicle, $20 for a motorcycle and $12 for an individual. Everyone under age 16 is admitted free. The general pass covers all passengers in a vehicle, up to 15 people.

Each December, Acadia offers physical passes for sale at half price.

There are also several days in 2016 when entry into Acadia will be free. According to the park’s website, those days include April 16–24, National Park Week; Aug. 25–28, National Park Service Birthday; Sept. 24, National Public Lands Day; and Nov. 11, Veterans Day.

The NPS partnered with NIC Inc. to develop and administer the Your Pass Now online park pass program.

 

Dick Broom

Dick Broom

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Dick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent's office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim. dbroom@mdislander.com
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