Greetings from Mesa Verde National Park!
Just came back from a solo 2 week tour of the National and State Parks. Before leaving on this trip, I purchased the "Senior Pass" card for $10.00! This saved me a ton of money...Entry fees into the Parks (State Parks allowed interagency passes - National Parks Senior Pass - and thus saved there also), and 50% discount on camping fees! At Mesa Verde, they also had two wonderful tours ("Balcony House" and "Long House" tours) for $5.00 each! The campgrounds were amazing plus the amenities were outrageous...free HOT showers, WiFi at each campsite, inexpensive laundry facilities, and a well stocked general store! With all these savings and ALL that the National Parks provide (not to mention how they are saving/maintaining the wilderness areas), how could I NOT donate to this wonderful agency! I also visited Zion, Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon, Grand Staircase Escalante, Capitol Reef, Kodachrome Basin, Canyonlands, Arches, Monument Valley and Lake Powell on the same trip. Truly a once-in-a-lifetime trip that I wont forget!
P.S. I support the parks because… As mentioned above, the National Parks do a great job in preserving and maintaining our wilderness. They also help make it possible for us to enjoy nature by subsidizing the experience for senior citizens. Because I texted all my photos of my adventure as they happened, my ENTIRE family (from Los Angeles, Hawaii, Detroit, Paris/France, Vancouver/Canada) have been inspired to visit the National Parks. They did not realize how beautiful they are in person.