On Dec. 1 Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will have an ideal holiday gift ready the Early Bird State Parks Passports.
The annual windshield decalsthis year with an image of a bitterroot--the Montana State Flower-- allow unlimited entrance into state parks without paying a daily fee, even when visiting without a vehicle.
"Keep the receipt in your wallet and you can bicycle or walk in," says Doug Monger, FWP Parks Division administrator. The stickers also mean a $4 reduction in camping fees at state parks that permit overnight use.
The passports will be offered at a reduced rate from Dec.1 through Feb. 15, 2000. They are valid March 1 to Feb. 28. Normally, the decals cost $20 for the first one and $16 for each additional passport, when purchased at the same time. During the Early Bird sale period, however, the first passport costs $16 and $8 for additional ones, with a maximum of two additional passports.
"The money from the State Parks Passports and daily entrance fees pays for normal operating expenses," Monger says.
When buying more than one park passport at the same time, make sure you have your vehicle registrations handy. To receive the discount on multiple passports, all vehicles must be in the same name or registered at the same address.