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Passport in hand

JoAnn Kittrell
Special to the Tribune
Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval kicked off the State Park Passport program on Wednesday afternoon at Spooner Lake. Sandoval calls the program an invitation and a challenge to explore all of the distinct attributes of Nevada State Parks.
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Gov. Brian Sandoval traveled to Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park, Spooner Lake to be the first visitor to a Nevada State Park to have his park passport

stamped, officially launching the new program.

The Passport Program is designed to challenge and encourage Nevada residents and visitors to experience the diverse natural, cultural and recreational resources that span all of Nevada’s 23

state parks.

During the event, the Governor reminisced about his visits to parks throughout the state, calling Cathedral Gorge State Park “our own mini Grand Canyon” and saying he caught his first fish at Wild Horse State Recreation Area, “There is a lot of history, a lot of tradition and a lot of memories that can be made if you take the time to visit our state parks.”

The Passport booklet, which can be picked up at any state park, serves as a travel aid as well as a travelogue for park visitors and includes photos, a description of each park, lists of amenities, travel journal pages and spaces for validation stamps which have been designed to reflect each state park.

Once passport holders have their booklets stamped at 15 different parks, they will earn one free annual pass to any and all Nevada State Parks.


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