The plan is to have the tickets right at the register as soon as November, but of course you’ll pay a little bit extra for the convenience. There will be a little bit of a minimal service fee to collect your ticket at the store.
Tickets will still be available at the entrance to each park, but eventually there will be a move to automatic vending machines. Park officials are even promising snazzy new artwork of national park landmarks on the stubs, as they’re hoping that tourists hang onto them as beloved souvenirs. That’s of course assuming your favorite part of your trip wasn’t picking up the foreign version of a 7-Eleven delicacy—taquito anyone?