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Passport to Your National Parks program

So obviously, I love books. I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised by how attached I’ve become to my National Parks passport. The passport is a small, spiral-bound book that not only gives you an overview of all the National Parks across the country, but also allows you to document your visits to each park.

National Park passport

Hey! Look where I’ve been!

From the National Park shopping website:

Spaces in each region are designated for you to collect rubber stamp cancellations at each national park site you visit. The cancellations, similar to those received in an international passport, record the name of the park and the date you visited.

I’ve had my passport since 1995. Amazingly, I will have visited over 100 parks after my vacation to California (over 20 of them are from Washington D.C. – it’s really easy to rack up a lot there). This count only includes parks visited from 1995 on – not the parks I visited while I was a kid.

The passport program started in 1986 and I kick myself when I think of all the other parks I could have collected while on my travels. This is how addictive this thing is.

Google it – you should see some of the websites devoted to this. I imagine that once this thing is full, I’ll buy another one and do some kind of bookbinding hack, therefore creating a Frankenpassport.

5 Responses to “Passport to Your National Parks program”

By Mary - 16 August 2012 Reply

Can you buy the printed stamps at the same place you get the cancellation stamp? Where do you get the printed stamps?

By Elissa - 17 August 2012 Reply

Mary –

They have the printed stamps at National Park gift shops. You can also order them online.

Sometimes cancellation stamps are available in places other than gift shops. Some of the individual parks have information about stamp locations on their own pages (ex. Big Bend). You can also download a list of cancellation stations from eParks.

Elissa

By Mary - 18 August 2012 Reply

Thanks!

By MaidMirawyn - 28 July 2018 Reply

I know this is an old post, but they do sell an “expander pack” for the Passport classic size. I just discovered the passport on my trip to Mammoth Cave earlier this month, so I have quite a while before that becomes an issue. But I’m addicted after only one use, so I’ve sort of been obsessing… 🙂

If I’d only known about this as a sixteen year old visiting Washington, DC in 1989! I would have loved to document that trip with my extended family… And Kennesaw Mountain, and Rocky Mountain, and Gateway Arch…

By Elissa - 31 July 2018 Reply

Oh.my.goodness. You are the best person ever for telling me about that. Here’s the link for the rest of you: Passport Classic Expander Pack

Unfortunately, I’ve already started a second book. I’m still working on that Frankenpassport I mentioned in this post. One day…

That’s so funny that you discovered the passport at Mammoth – I discovered it on a road trip at the stop right after Mammoth and I was pissed for not being able to get a stamp for that park in my book.

Elissa

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