"Get a National Park Service Passport" Crater Lake National Park Favorite Tip by Hopkid
Crater Lake National Park Favorites: 14 reviews and 27 photos
Favorite thing: These are really fun and spark interest in the National Park Service system. The brainchild of a marketing genius, the purchaser can get a stamp from each of the NPS sites he or she visits. The collection of these stamps, similar to postal cancellation postmarks (which include the name of the park and the date visited) become fun to collect. It's a great way to get the kids (of all ages!) excited about going to different parks, monuments, seashores, etc. that are operated by the NPS.
The passport itself is reasonably priced and the stamps are, of course, free. Each NPS facility has a stamp available at the visitor's center. If you don't see it just ask the ranger on duty. Some (e.g., Mt. Rushmore, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse) have special stamps with a depiction of the area/monument. Great fun!
You can obtain an NPS passport at any park Visitor's Center or online at the National Park Service Store.
Besides Crater Lake National Park, if you're in Oregon there is also Oregon Caves National Park which is about a 3-hour drive southwest of Crater Lake. The other two NPS sites in Oregon are not near Crater Lake. For a full list of NPS sites, go to www.nps.gov.
Fondest memory: My favorite memory has to be the first time we saw the deep blue color of the lake itself. It was even more breathtaking with the rim slopes covered in snow and dotted with the green color of the fir trees. Magnificent!
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