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Save Big on State Park Day Use Fees

February 20, 2019

If you are over 62 years old, and I believe some of you are, then pay heed to the “Limited Use Golden Bear Pass.” For $20 you get a pass, good for the current calendar year, that gives you free parking at State Parks managed by State Park employees. The pass is good for off-peak dates, which means that from the Friday before Memorial Day until Labor Day it is not valid for most parks. For some parks, such as Salton Sea NRA, the opposite time period holds – the pass is good there when it stops being good at, for instance, Malibu Lagoon. (Yes, I know the Salton Sea NRA is not a State Park, but the SP documents specifically say the pass is good, in the summer season. I also do not have a list of which State Parks do not qualify because they are managed by other entities, such as some of our beaches.)

If you’re a birder, then off-peak seasons are the best seasons. Considering that the day-use fee is typically $12, just two visits/field trips pay for themselves. And the off-peak seasons last for nine months!

You can apply by mail or in person at some of the State Park offices, notably the one just past the guard house entrance to Malibu Creek State Park. By mail it will take a month, so keeping our next two trips in mind, maybe a visit in person is in order.

Click HERE to download the terms and conditions PDF.

Click HERE to download the application form PDF.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Vic Leipzig permalink
    February 22, 2019 12:10 am

    Chuck There is a Salton Sea SRA (State Recreation Area) that is, indeed, a state park. I don’t know any NRA (National Recreation Area) out there. The Feds have Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). Your main message about the parks pass is a great one! Vic

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  2. Susie Malone permalink
    February 20, 2019 9:51 pm

    Thank you!!!

    On Wed, Feb 20, 2019 at 3:42 PM SANTA MONICA BAY AUDUBON SOCIETY BLOG wrote:

    > Chuck Bragg posted: “If you are over 62 years old, and I believe some of > you are, then pay heed to the “Limited Use Golden Bear Pass.” For $20 you > get a pass, good for the current calendar year, that gives you free parking > at State Parks managed by State Park employees. The p” >

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  3. February 20, 2019 8:01 pm

    Thank you for this info. Do you know if the Golden Bear Pass is accepted at the Will Rogers State Historic Park ? Thanks in advance. Best, Enid HayflickRidgewood NJ 

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    • February 21, 2019 9:11 am

      Enid – I don’t know. I’ll drop by and check ASAP.

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    • March 1, 2019 11:13 am

      I am pretty sure Will Rogers accepts the pass. Although I have not been able to go there while anyone is on duty at the gate (you just put the pass on the dashboard if that is the case) it does appear to be run directly by the State Parks people.

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