Inheritance Pass offers entry to Yellowstone National Park in 150 years
BOZEMAN, Mont. - You’ll probably never be able to use it, but a non-profit is offering entry tickets to Yellowstone National Park that will be valid in 150 years, or 2172.
Yellowstone Forever, the national park’s fundraising and educational arm, is offering an "Inheritance Pass" with a $1,500 donation.
The organization said the pass is real and donors will also receive a complimentary entrance pass to be used next year. Donors must preserve the pass so that future parkgoers can present it. If it’s lost, park rangers said they can assist.
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"It is our way of celebrating 150 years of Yellowstone National Park and to help preserve the park for the next 150 years," said Lisa Diekmann, president and CEO of Yellowstone Forever told the Billings Gazette.
The non-profit’s organizers said donations will go to current projects to help preserve the park, according to the website.
Yellowstone National Park turned 150 years old on March 1.
Over 10,000 years before the United States government preserved Yellowstone National Park, Native Americans had fished, hunted, gathered plants, gathered obsidian and used thermal waters for religious and medicinal purposes there, park staff wrote.
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President Ulysses S. Grant signed the Yellowstone National Park Protection Act on March 1 1872, setting aside one of the world’s largest nearly intact natural ecosystems for the "benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations," according to the park.
Rick Hoeninghausen, director of sales and marketing for Yellowstone National Park Lodges, said the park is a place of tremendous inspiration— inspiration that has "contributed to science, art, music, literature and so much more," and inspiration that has led to America’s best idea.
The Associated Press contributed to this report. This story was reported from Los Angeles.