Digital Passes Available for Glacier National Park

New option allows visitors to purchase electronic entrance permits before visiting the park

By Madeleine Lamon
Long lines of visitors wait at the West Glacier entrance station to Glacier National Park. Beacon File Photo

Visitors to Glacier National Park can now purchase digital entrance passes using an electronic device.

Called YourPassNow, the new service allows people to purchase annual or 7-day passes — for private vehicles, individuals or motorcycles — online for the same price instead of buying them at park entrances. The new option is a product of a partnership between the National Park Service and NIC Inc. Other types of entrance permits such as the Interagency Annual or Volunteer passes cannot currently be obtained through the service.

“We are pleased to offer this new convenience to our visitors,” Glacier Superintendent Jeff Mow said in a press release. “This technology will allow people to save some time at the entrance station by purchasing a pass in advance.”

Each pass will be emailed to customers in PDF form. Visitors can either print the pass or save the pass on a mobile device to show upon entering the park. The YourPassNow site warns customers that electronic passes should be properly downloaded prior to entering the park due to limited connectivity within and around Glacier.

Customers can order multiple permits at once and can pay online using a credit card. The passes will be accepted at all park entrances. They can be used immediately after purchase or stored for future use.

The online service can also be used to purchase a variety of passes for a number of American Federal lands throughout the nation including Yosemite, Yellowstone and Everglades national parks, Colorado National Monuments, Whiskeytown National Recreation Area and Wayne National Forest. Visitors can also use the online service to order lifetime or annual senior passes to be delivered by mail.

For more information on the service, types of passes and entrance restrictions visit www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/.

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