This Christmas you can give the gift of the great outdoors by gifting a 2021 Minnesota State Parks pass -- a gift for the outdoors lover in your life that lasts all year long.

A Minnesota State Parks pass is a year-round permit that provides unlimited access to all 75 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas for a full year from the month of purchase.

Amie and I can't get enough, hitting a park for a camping and exploring weekend every chance we get. In 2020 we spent time at Beaver Creek Valley State Park, Whitewater State Park, Lake Maria State Park, Fort Snelling State Park, Gooseberry Falls State Park, Temperance River State Park, Mille Lacs Kathio State Park, Carley State Park, Charles A. Lindburgh State Park, Jay Cooke State Park, and Nerstrand Wood State Park. Catch us if you can!

Minnesota State Parks offer so much. Go camping, take a nature hike, pack a picnic...your adventure awaits, so get (or give) an annual pass, grab a map and get outside!

A $35 year-round permit provides unlimited visits to all 75 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas for a full year from the month of purchase.

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By purchasing a permit, you help maintain and improve the natural resources, facilities, and education and outreach programs that make Minnesota's state parks among the best in the nation.

Permits are valid for one year from the month of purchase. Plus, you can receive a discount on additional year-round permits for other vehicles you own.

In addition to purchasing an annual pass, you could give the gift of a Minnesota State Parks gift card, and let your recipient take care of all the details. Gift cards can be used for annual permits, camping, park equipment rentals, and State Park gift store purchases. Get a gift card HERE.

Merry Christmas, and as the sleeve on my Caribou coffee said yesterday, 'Resist the urge to remain indoors.'

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Take a Hike at Mille Lacs Kathio State Park