Looking for a special Christmas gift that captures the spirit of Montana, endures throughout the year, and that can be shared by the recipient? The Early Bird State Parks Passports, on sale Dec. 1 at Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks headquarters in Helena and region offices, are a great way to give "Montana" for the holidays. The annual windshield decals-with the FWP logo celebrating "A Century of Conservation"-allow unlimited entrance into state parks without paying a daily fee, even when visiting without a vehicle. The decals also carry a $4 reduction in camping fees at state parks that permit overnight use.
"When giving the State Parks Passport as a gift, be sure to include the receipt. Because the Passport will be on the vehicle, Parks visitors can keep the receipt in their wallet and bicycle or walk in," says Doug Monger, FWP Parks Division administrator. "The Passport is an ideal way to share the riches of Montana with friends, while also supporting the operations and maintenance of these special places.
The passport, offered at a reduced rate from Dec. 1 through Feb. 15, 2001, is $16 and $8 for additional decals for vehicles registered under the same name or at the same address. They are valid March 1, 2001 to Feb. 28, 2002.
Decals purchased after the "early bird" season are $20 for the first one and $16 for each additional passport. When buying more than one park passport at the same time, it is necessary to have the vehicle registration(s) available.