National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Program

Alaska Denali Mountain
Alaska Denali Mountain

This year (2017) the National Park Service has changed its pass fees; as result of the Centennial Legislation P.L. 114-289 passed by the US Congress on December 16, 2016. Only 118 of the 417 National Parks have fees.

Passes available:
Annual Passes:
Cost: $80 and anyone can purchase them
How to purchase:
In person at a federal recreation site (see PDF list of federal recreation sites that issue passes),
By phone at: 888-ASK USGS (1-888-275-8747), extension 3 (Hours of operation are: 8 am to 4 pm Mountain Time)
Online—Buy now from the USGS store!

Senior Passes:
$80 Lifetime Senior Pass
$20 Annual Senior Pass
Available for: U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over. Applicants must provide documentation of age and residency or citizenship.
How to purchase: In person at a federal recreation site (see PDF list of federal recreation sites that issue passes)
Online–buy the lifetime pass or the annual pass online now through the USGS store!
Through the mail using this application form (PDF).
NOTE: There is an additional cost of $10 for passes purchased online or by mail. See more information about changes to the Senior Pass.
Additional information:
The Senior Pass may provide a 50 percent discount on some amenity fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, boat launch, and specialized interpretive services.
Military Passes:
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).

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:
In person at a federal recreation site (see PDF list of federal recreation sites that issue passes)
Through the mail using this application form (PDF).
NOTE: The cost of obtaining an Access Pass through the mail is $10 for processing the application (the pass is free).
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.

Volunteer passes:
Cost: Free
Available for: Volunteers with 250 service hours with federal agencies that participate in the Interagency Pass Program
Contact your local federal recreation site for more information about volunteer opportunities or visit Volunteer.gov.

Annual 4th Grade Pass:
Cost: Free (valid for the duration of the 4th grade school year though the following summer (September-August)
Available for: U.S. 4th graders (including home-schooled and free-choice learners 10 years of age) with a valid Every Kid in a Park paper pass
How to obtain:
Paper passes can be obtained by visiting the Every Kid in a Park website and can be exchanged for the Annual 4th Grade Pass at federal recreation sites that charge Entrance or Standard Amenity fees (Day Use Fee) (see PDF list of federal recreation sites that issue passes).
Digital version of the paper pass (such as on smart phones or tablets) will not be accepted to exchange for an Annual 4th Grade Pass.
More information:
Non-transferable.
Educators can also be involved! Learn more at the Every Kid in a Park website.
Additional Details about the Annual 4th Grade Pass (USGS website)

General Information:
For Those Who Hold Passes From the Former Pass Program
Former: Golden Eagle Passport, National Parks Pass, and Golden Eagle Hologram
Replaced by: Annual Pass. Former passes will continue to be honored according to the provisions of the pass.

Former: Golden Age Passport
Replaced by: Senior Pass. May be exchanged free of charge for new plastic passes.

Former: Golden Access Passport
Replaced by: Access Pass. May be exchanged free of charge for new plastic passes.

All the above information was obtained via the National Park Service website.

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