The National Park Service has announced a new program that gives active US military personnel and their dependents a free, annual pass to the 397 national parks scattered around the United States. These passes usually sell for $80 per person. That means free admission to the Everglades, Grand Canyon National Park, Mesa Verde National Park and many, many more. Visit the National Park Service Web site for a complete list.

The pass allows free admission to the pass holder and up to three adults traveling in the same vehicle. Children age 15 and younger are always free at the national parks. Fees for amenities, such as camping, boat launches and tours are not covered by the pass. For more information, visit the National Park Service Web site.

To obtain your pass, visit the ticket window of any national park that usually charges a fee and show your current military ID. The pass is good for 12 months, expiring at the end of the month a year from the issue date.

Free National Park Passes for Military Personnel