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The 4 different passes needed when visiting state, county parks

Before heading out to the wilderness make sure you have all the land passes and parking passes you need.

SACRAMENTO, Calif — When heading out to nature you have to make sure you have a lot of different things. One important item to have is the proper passes so your trip goes smoothly.

Here is a list of different passes you may need and how you can get them:

1. Fish and Game Land Pass

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has several properties that require land passes. These passes help the department preserve the land. The following Northern California wildlife areas need land passes:

  • Gray Lodge Wildlife Area
  • North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve
  • Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area
  • Woodbridge Ecological Reserve

Land passes can be purchased on the department's website for $4.58.

2. SNO-PARK Pass

If you want to head up to the snow and just play on the side of the highway, you probably want to purchase an SNO-PARK pass. This parking permit is needed for any vehicle parked at an SNO-PARK.

This pass can be purchased online for $5.

3. Hidden Falls Parking Pass

This parking pass is needed for every Saturday, Sunday and the following dates:

  • January 1
  • January 21
  • February 18
  • April 15 through April 19
  • May 27
  • July 4
  • September 2
  • October 14
  • November 28 through November 29
  • December 23 through December 31

These passes can be purchased on the Placer County website for $4 or $8 depending on how long visitors plan to visit the Falls.

4. Bear River Campground Overnight Pass

The Bear River Park that doesn't require a reservation, but to stay overnight at the campground a pass is needed.

These passes can be purchased on the Placer County website for as low as $10. The price depends on how much space is needed for the group, how many cars and if there is a dog.

If there is a pass that was missed in this list, contact the author over email, cshannon@abc10.com.


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