Whiskeytown Lake as seen from the visitors center on Nov. 2.

People who buy an annual pass at one of four national parks in Northern California and Southern Oregon can use it to visit all four parks in 2023.

Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, Lassen Volcanic National Park, Crater Lake National Park and Lava Beds National Monument agreed to honor each other’s annual passes, according to the National Parks Service.

We want to provide “access to these national treasures to as many people as we can,” Lassen Volcanic National Park’s Chief of Interpretation, Education and Volunteers Kevin Sweeney said.

Starting Jan. 1, Whiskeytown’s annual pass ($55) gives holders access to the other three parks, Supervisory Interpretive Park Ranger Scott Einberger said. Sharing passes “makes sense” because the parks already collaborate on programs and share some employees.

It makes geographic sense, too, said Visitor Services Manager Marc Blackburn at Lava Beds and Tule Lake National Monuments. The parks are within several hours’ drive of each other. Park staff hope sharing passes will encourage people visiting one park to make the drive to one or more others.

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