Iron Butt Association National Parks Tour Master Traveler AwardThe object of the Iron Butt Association's National Parks Tour is to take some time to visit the hundreds of National Parks, National Historic Sites, National Recreation Areas, and National Monuments located in the United States and Canada (National Parks, National Historic Sites and Provincial Parks in Canada).
o Purchase a "Passport to Your National Parks" book ($7.95) from either a National Park Visitor's Center or by mail from:
Eastern National Park and Monument Association
or on-line from www.eParks.com or call (877) NAT-PARK (The proceeds from this book go to helping the park service provide services to visitors).
o Visit at least 50 National Parks, National Monuments, National Historic Sites, National Recreation Areas or any other site or park listed in the Passport book in at least 25 states within 1 year. You may start any time you like and finish any time you want.
Notes: In theory, you can visit 21 parks in California, 6 parks in Arizona and then 23 parks in 23 different states; or 2 parks in each of the 25 states; or any other combination that you can dream up... Washington, D.C. is considered a state. There are some stamps that you can obtain without visiting a park, such as Rainbow Natural Bridge on Lake Powell in Utah, which can actually only be visited by boat. We ask that you do not submit those stamps if you have not actually visited the park. Canadian Provinces count as states.
o When you stop by the National Park, Historic Site, you must stop by the Visitor's Center and have them stamp your passport (the stamp is free) with the round rubber-ink stamp that contains the Park's name and location. We realize there might be some times when you arrive late and the visitor center may be closed. In limited cases, we will accept a picture of your motorcycle in front of the visitors center NOT the entrance to the park. You will need to find a good sign with the name of the center and location, however, photos are only to be used as a backup option in a few limited parks. The stamps are the primary verification item we are asking for to complete this ride.
o Canada parks (National Parks, National Historic Sites and Provincial Parks) do not all have stamps avalaible, we understand that you will have to be creative with your documentation.
o Once your Passport contains at least 50 stamps from 25 different states, photocopy the pages and submit the copies, a check for $40 made payable to the Iron Butt Association and mail it to National Parks Master Traveler Award, c/o Iron Butt Association, P.O. Box 9450, Naperville, IL 60567-9450 USA
For your effort, you will receive a custom Iron Butt Association certificate of Accomplishment, a Master Traveler Pin, a license plate back and have managed to see a great deal of some of the prettiest parts of America and Canada.
o Please remember that most National Parks do charge an entry or "user" fee to enter the park. With admission to Yellowstone N.P. running $20, your best bet is to purchase a one-year America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass for $80 from any National Park. With the pass, you can visit any of the areas listed in the Passport book and not have to pay the user fee for the entire year.
o For an addicts view of stamp collecting, don't miss Robert Higdon's The Quest
o NPT Comments (new summer 2009)NPT Rider Comments
You may also want to check out Daniel Cohen's site (Daniel holds several records in the stamp collecting game!) at http://www.danielcohen.org/stamp/stampcentral.htm
Iron Butt Association National Parks Tour Master Traveler SILVER AwardThe same rules apply as the NPT Master Traveler, however, you MUST visit parks in these areas:
WASHINGTON or Canadian parks northwest of the Washington border
Iron Butt Association National Parks Tour Master Traveler GOLD AwardThe same rules apply as the NPT Master Traveler, however, you MUST visit parks in these areas:
WARNING: While there are parks in the lower reaches of Alaska, the stamps are nearly impossible to obtain. In order to qualify for the NPT GOLD, you must enter Alaska farther north then the 60th parallel (roughly the southern border of the Yukon Territories and British Columbia). Parks south of the 60th parallel will count, but not unless you have entered the main body of Alaska. If you are not clear, please send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org
Checklist of documents needed for Iron Butt Association National Parks Tour Master Traveler Award ___ Copies of Passport Stamps (do not send originals!) ___ Explanation of problems. For example, "Passport stamp was missing at North Rim Visitors Center of the Grand Canyon on October 1, 2001, enclosed is a receipt from the gift shop in place of the stamp." Also, please complete the following information for your certificate (it goes to the person that does the certificate and not the verification team): Address to mail certificates to: ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ Contact phone number(s), best time to reach you: _________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________ If you have one, your e-mail address: ___________________________ Have you ever completed an Iron Butt Association ride before? ________ Circle ride you completed: National Parks Tour Master Traveler OR National Parks Tour Master Traveler SILVER (Washington, California, Florida, Maine) OR National Parks Tour Master Traveler GOLD (Alaska, California, Florida, Maine) Name you want on certificate: ___________________________________ (for example, Jonathan J. Smith, SR or John Smith) Your age (only used for statistics): _________ Circle One (only used for statistics): Male Female Date you visited the first park: ___________________ (for example, May 5, 2001) Date you visited the last park: ___________________ Number of parks you visited on this ride: _______________ Number of states you visited on this ride: _______________ Motorcycle make/model ridden: _______________________________ Note: this is used on your certificate. For example, do you want us to list your Honda Gold Wing as a Honda GL1500 or do you want us to list it as a Honda Gold Wing. You may also include a model year if you want, for example; 1993 Honda Gold Wing. Each certificate is custom made and we sometimes include your corner states on the certificate. For example, we might want to say, John Smith visited parks from Florida to Maine to California to Washington... The farthest corners you reached on this ride: _______________________________________ _______________________________________ _______________________________________ _______________________________________ Send the package, along with a check for $40 (US Funds) to: Iron Butt Association P.O. Box 9450 Naperville, IL 60567-9450 USA
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