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#1 Shelia

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Posted 07 September 2016 - 01:58 PM

I was checking out the website for Texas Park passes and it doesn't seem like it really gives you that much of a discount for camp sites.  Am I reading it wrong?  I guess any discount is good.  Do you have one or have you had one?  What do you think?



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Posted 07 September 2016 - 02:11 PM

We like ours because it saves us the daily entry fee at every state park. We often camp off-season at a reduced rate (as low as $65 for seven days with FHU and WiFi). The Pass alone saves us $35 (7 days X $5 daily entrance fee). Using it for just 14 days a year gets us our investment back. When traveling (with or without our trailer) we can still enter any state park for the day (to swim, fish, hike, explore, or have a picnic, use the showers or bathrooms, visit our camping friends..) at no cost. Additionally, the parks pass provides a 5% to 10% discount at the state park stores ( supplies, souvenirs, ice, cold drinks, snacks, firewood, equipment/boat rental, etc.) Our state park pass included a two-night reduced rate bonus that we saved until we visited a more expensive state park and used it there to save  $$$ (like having two free nights). Check out other benefits @ http://tpwd.texas.go...sses/sppass-faq

 

All in all, we consider it a wise investment for saving money while camping and traveling in Texas. We buy one every year.

I hope this helps!


Edited by U.S.M.C. Don, 07 September 2016 - 02:29 PM.

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Posted 07 September 2016 - 04:48 PM

I just have the senior pass which reduces entry fees by 50% and doesn't have to be renewed. Only good for the holder.


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Posted 07 September 2016 - 05:02 PM

When you buy the park pass they give you one night at no cost for two stay of more than one night.  That would off set the cost of the pass about $40.00.  Making the pass about $30 with also the day use fee wavered for each stay.  And it does help the park that sells you the pass.


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Posted 08 September 2016 - 06:00 AM

Ditto on all that Don & Cozy Egg pointed out.

 

It is worth every penny IF you use it several times each year. 

 

We use ours a lot. Dinosaur Valley State Park is very close to where we live. We hike the trails often when the river is not up to high. My young son often brings a couple of his friends along so that gets them in as well when the are riding with us. 

 

We are big fans of Texas State Parks and visit them often. 


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Posted 08 September 2016 - 02:39 PM

I'm a big fan of Texas parks as well, it just doesn't seem to save much just on camping fees to me.  So that I understand, it saves you $5.00 per night for camping fees?  So $20 a night instead of $25 per night.  50% off the second night if you stay in the same place?  Blackout dates apply - does that mean holidays and summers you're out of luck?

 

Free entry into the parks.  Do they actually charge just to go into the park?

 

And then this confuses me:  If you are 65 years old or older and are a Texas resident, you qualify for the Senior Partial passport good at Texas state parks that charge entry fees. With this pass, you pay 50 percent off the entry fee rounded to the next whole dollar. For example, if the entry fee is $3, you will pay $2.

 

I think I must be thinking of the senior pass that saves 50% when I think of Texas pass only saving $5.  Set me straight here.



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Posted 08 September 2016 - 04:44 PM

I'm a big fan of Texas parks as well, it just doesn't seem to save much just on camping fees to me.  So that I understand, it saves you $5.00 per night for camping fees?  So $20 a night instead of $25 per night.  50% off the second night if you stay in the same place?  Blackout dates apply - does that mean holidays and summers you're out of luck?

 

Free entry into the parks.  Do they actually charge just to go into the park?

 

And then this confuses me:  If you are 65 years old or older and are a Texas resident, you qualify for the Senior Partial passport good at Texas state parks that charge entry fees. With this pass, you pay 50 percent off the entry fee rounded to the next whole dollar. For example, if the entry fee is $3, you will pay $2.

 

I think I must be thinking of the senior pass that saves 50% when I think of Texas pass only saving $5.  Set me straight here.

 

All Texas State Parks charge an entry fee of $5 to $7 per person, per day in addition to any campsite fees.. The annual pass waives those entry fees for up to eight people in your vehicle/RV for as many days as you stay in the park, it DOES NOT discount the actual campsite fees..


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Posted 08 September 2016 - 05:18 PM

According to their website http://tpwd.texas.go...sses/sppass-faq:

"Camping Discounts- with the purchase of the primary TSPP, 4 discounted camping nights are held in the TxParks system. Discount is for 50% off the second night, when staying two or more nights in a campsite or regular screen shelter."

We usually "save" these for when we visit a more "expensive" state park like on the coast during the early summer or a very popular park near a big city (i.e. Cedar Hill State Park). Two nights FHU at Cedar Hill State Park is only $45 with our pass. $30 1st night + $15 2nd night (50% discount) + $0 daily entry fees. Averages about $22.50 a night. Without the pass $30 1st night + $30 2nd night + $10 daily entry fees = $70 for a weekend camping trip. Averages about $35 a night.

I hope this helps!


Edited by U.S.M.C. Don, 08 September 2016 - 05:33 PM.

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Posted 09 September 2016 - 05:15 AM

The last time I used the 50% off for the second night, was at Bastrop State Park and it was in June. So the discount was during prime time. 

 

Look into getting your geezer pass that gives you 50% off in COE campgrounds, BLM, National Parks and National Forests. There are lots of nice COE campgrounds in Texas. Example I can stay at one of the very nice campgrounds at Belton  Lake for $11 per night.


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Posted 09 September 2016 - 06:38 AM

It's all explained very well on this website:

 

http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/


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Posted 09 September 2016 - 07:15 PM

If we don't support our Texas State Parks, we cant complain when they go away or are turned over to private
companies to run with very high prices to boot.
Thank God our only camping options isn't private campgrounds. Most of us would never be able to camp.
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Posted 06 October 2016 - 03:15 PM

We bought the pass back on Sept 18 - and we are already ahead.

That is after just 6 days of camping.

 

We are also saving the 50% discount bits for later (more expensive) campsites.

 

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