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Dry Tortugas National Park

Dry Tortugas National Park

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Description of Dry Tortugas National Park

Dry Tortugas National Park

Location: Monroe County  Map

Area: 64,700 acres (262 km2)
www.nps.gov/drto

 

Dry Tortugas National Park is situated in Monroe County of Florida Keys in United States. It was known formerly as a Fort Jefferson and it covers an area of 64,700 acres (262 km2). It is integrated by a set of seven small islands composed of reefs and sand, located to 113 kilometers to the west of Hueso fell on the keys of Florida, in the Gulf of Mexico. It is one of the most remote and inaccessible of the national parks of the United States.

The islands were called "Las Tortugas" originally by Juan Ponce de León in his discovery, due to the great abundance of sea turtles. It was designated as a protected maritime zone to safeguard the valuable coastal and maritime resources that these small islands offer. The protected marine area of ​​Dry Tortugas is presented as a model for future years.

It is currently a place of leisure where you can discover diving its shallow reefs that surround the island and visit its historic Fort Jefferson. Its conservation is balanced with the multiple commercial and recreational activities that are carried out in said archipelago.

 

 

 

Fees and permits
A seven-day pass is $5 for adults.

There are several passes for groups traveling together in a private vehicle or individuals on foot or on bike. These passes provide free entry at national parks and national wildlife refuges, and also cover standard amenity fees at national forests and grasslands, and at lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation. These passes are valid at all national parks including Dry Tortugas National Park:

The $80 Annual Pass (valid for twelve months from date of issue) can be purchased by anyone. Military personnel can obtain a free annual pass in person at a federal recreation site by showing a Common Access Card (CAC) or Military ID.
U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over can obtain a Senior Pass (valid for the life of the holder) in person at a federal recreation site for $80, or through the mail for $90; applicants must provide documentation of citizenship and age. This pass also provides a fifty percent discount on some park amenities. Seniors can also obtain a $20 annual pass.
U.S. citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities can obtain an Access Pass (valid for the life of the holder) in person at a federal recreation site at no charge, or through the mail for $10; applicants must provide documentation of citizenship and permanent disability. This pass also provides a fifty percent discount on some park amenities.
Individuals who have volunteered 250 or more hours with federal agencies that participate in the Interagency Pass Program can receive a free Volunteer Pass.
4th graders can receive an Annual 4th Grade Pass that allows free entry for the duration of the 4th grade school year (September-August) to the bearer and any accompanying passengers in a private non-commercial vehicle. Registration at the Every Kid in a Park website is required.
In 2018 the National Park Service will offer four days on which entry is free for all national parks: January 15 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day), April 21 (1st Day of NPS Week), September 22 (National Public Lands Day), and November 11 (Veterans Day weekend).

 

 

 

 

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