The headline of this article might be confusing, and well… that’s because it kind of is…? Let me explain.
Yellowstone National Park is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. The park first opened on March 1, 1872.
To celebrate the last 150 years, the park is selling a pass that won’t be valid until 150 years from now. They’ve named it the ‘Inheritance Pass’.
The proceeds of the pass will be used to fund park projects like education, trail improvements, geological studies, and more.
The pass is selling for $1,500.
“We have preserved Yellowstone for 150 years, and now it’s your turn. Help us preserve Yellowstone National Park’s future for the next 150 years by securing an Inheritance Pass. The Inheritance Pass ensures that future generations are able to experience a healthy, thriving national treasure in 2172. With your $1,500 donation, you will receive an Inheritance Pass—an annual pass valid in 2172—and a complimentary annual pass to enjoy the park now, valid for the next year.”
The Yellowstone Inheritance Pass is obviously a snazzy invention to bring more money into the park, and I honestly don’t hate it. You know there’s going to be hundreds of yahoos who can’t resist buying this pass just so that they can feel special.
This is America, after all.
I personally don’t have $1500 lying around to spend on a park pass that my great-grandchildren might be able to use in 150 years, but more power to those of you that do.
It’s a win-win, and I’m all for funding our National Parks to protect them in the future.