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The Best Last-Minute Stocking Stuffer

By December 25, 2012

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Parking pass for Eagle River Nature Center, Alaska

A few days ago, the Washington State DNR tweeted that their Discover Pass makes a great last-minute gift -- and they're right!

If you don't live in Washington, why not give access or parking passes for the public lands near you? Even if you can't buy and print the passes from directly online, you can slip a little card into the recipient's stocking to let him or her know some outdoorsy goodness is headed their way.

I've already got my 2013 parking pass for the Eagle River Nature Center, but I haven't bought my 2013 Chugach State Park parking pass yet -- those are the two closest wilderness access areas that require a permit for parking. They're both places I love so much that I know I'll get my money's worth, and then some, from the cost of the pass. What are your favorite local access points, and what kind of permits do you need?

Photo Lisa Maloney: I'm primed to park at the Eagle River Nature Center, baby!

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