America the Beautiful Pass
Katherine Hawkins, 2012 Share the Experience Photo Contest winner
National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Pass
**Please note, America the Beautiful - the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass can NOT be purchased at Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site. The nearest national park that sells the pass is Harry S Truman National Historic Site in Independence, Missouri.**
The America the Beautiful Pass is an annual pass that provides admission to any national park charging an entrance fee, as well as many other federal recreation sites. The pass costs $80 and is valid for one full year from month of purchase.
If you are 62 or older or receive disability benefits, you may be eligible for the Senior or Access pass. In addition, a Volunteer Pass is awarded to those individuals with more than 500 hours on recreation lands managed by one or more of five agencies as a way to say "thank you!"
The Annual Pass-Military is now available for FREE to U.S. military members and their dependents in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard, as well as most members of the U.S. Reserves and National Guard. Proper military ID is required and the pass must be obtained in person at Federal recreation sites that charge entrance or standard amenity fees.
America the Beautiful Pass admits the pass owner and any accompanying passengers in a private vehicle* if a park has a per vehicle entrance fee. Where a per person entrance fee is charged, the America the Beautiful Pass admits the pass owner and three accompanying adults age 16 and older. The pass is non-refundable, non-transferable and cannot be replaced if lost or stolen. The pass does NOT cover or reduce use fees such as charges for camping, parking, tours, and concessions.
The America the Beautiful Pass can be purchased four ways:
* A private vehicle is defined as any noncommercial vehicle that is being used for private recreational purposes.