America the Beautiful Pass- National Parks

A pass is your ticket to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites. Each pass covers entrance fees at national parks and national wildlife refuges as well as standard amenity fees (day use fees) at national forests and grasslands, and at lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. A pass covers entrance, standard amenity fees and day use fees for a driver and all passengers in a personal vehicle at per vehicle fee areas (or up to four adults at sites that charge per person). Children age 15 or under are admitted free.
See a list of all federal recreation sites (PDF), including national parks, where the passes are issued.

The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Series

Annual Pass

  • Cost: $80 annual pass

  • Available for: Everyone

How to purchase:

Senior Pass

National Parks Senior Pass for US citizens or permanent residents 62 years or older. Annual and lifetime Senior Passes provide access to more than 2,000 recreation sites managed by six federal agencies. The passes cover entrance and standard amenity (day-use) recreation fees and provide discounts on some expanded amenity recreation fees.
Are there any other benefits from a Senior Pass?

Yes, traveling companions can also enter for free. The Senior Passes admit pass owner/s and passengers in a noncommercial vehicle at per-vehicle fee areas and pass owner plus three adults, not to exceed four adults, where per-person fees are charged. (Children under 16 are always admitted free.) Also, at many sites, the Senior Passes provide the pass owner (only) a discount on Expanded Amenity Fees (such as camping, swimming, boat launching, and guided tours).

Free Annual Pass for U.S. Military

  • Cost: Free annual pass

  • Available for: Current U.S. military members and dependents in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard as well as Reserve and National Guard members.

  • How to obtain: In person at a federal recreation site (see PDF list of federal recreation sites that issue passes) by showing a Common Access Card (CAC) or Military ID (Form 1173).

  • Frequently Asked Questions about the Annual Pass for U.S. Military (USGS website)

    Access Pass

    • Cost: Free (see note in "how to obtain" for more details)

    • Available for: U.S. citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities. Applicants must provide documentation of permanent disability and residency or citizenship.

    • How to obtain:

    • Additional information:

      • The Access Pass may provide a 50 percent discount on some amenity fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, boat launching, and specialized interpretive services.

      • The Access Pass generally does NOT cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessioners.

      • Golden Access Passports are no longer sold. However, these passes will continue to be honored according to the provisions of the pass.

      • Frequently Asked Questions about the Interagency Access Pass (USGS website)

All of the information provided on this page & the banner image comes from the National Park Service website (Updated May 19, 2019)