Texas State Parks Pass, Youth Group pass prices set to increase


Some annual prices for Texas State Parks passes will increase Sept. 1.

Current Texas State Park Pass holders who have a pass expiring after Sept. 1 can renew early (150 days prior to expiration) in order to hold the $70 price. The price will increase to $95.

The Youth Group Annual Pass, which permits free state-park entry for nonprofit youth group members, will increase from $100 to $150. Applications received in August but paid Sept. 1 or later will pay the new price.

“We hope people take advantage of the next few months by getting their annual Texas State Parks Pass before the price increase this fall,” said Jill Kreindler, Texas State Parks marketing and brand manager.

According to a statement from the Texas Parks and Wildfire Department, which oversees the state parks, the Texas State Park Pass and the Youth Group Annual Pass are the only passes that will rise in price for the next season. The price increase will help provide services to more than 9 million annual visitors and can continue to provide support to existing parks and upcoming parks in the next years.

With the opening of half a dozen new state parks in coming years, the the passes promote accessibility and enjoyment of Texas’s natural environments.

There are multiple benefits of the Texas State Park Pass. Those with passes receive discounts of 50 percent on the second night of camping when visitors stay two or more consecutive nights in the same campsite or screened shelter. Pass holders also get 10 percent off of most retail and rental items and park stores, among other perks.

“Garner State Park hosts a dance every night through the summer from 8:30-11 p.m. until mid-August,” Kreindler said. “At Palo Duro Canyon State Park, the TEXAS Outdoor Musical runs Tuesdays through Sundays at the Pioneer Amphitheater at the park. The show tells the stories, struggles and triumphs of early settlers through song, dance, fireworks and lots of Texas humor.” .

Texas State Parks can be bought on the reservation website, at the state parks, or by phone at 512-389-8900.