At the present time, the Spalding Visitor Center DOES NOT distribute federal recreational passports. They are available at many National Park Service sites across the country.
For residents and visitors to the area, recreation passes are available at the Hells Canyon Ranger Station in Clarkston, Washington, approximately 15 miles from the Spalding Visitor Center. They can be contacted at (509) 758-0616.
America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass
America the Beautiful - Senior Pass
This is a lifetime pass for U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over. The cost is $10.00. The pass provides access to, and use of, Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity. The pass can only be obtained in person at the park. The Senior Pass provides a 50 percent discount on some Expanded Amenity Fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, boat launch, and specialized interpretive services. In some cases where Expanded Amenity Fees are charged, only the pass holder will be given the 50 percent price reduction. The pass is non-transferable and generally does NOT cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessionaires.
America the Beautiful - Access Pass
This is a lifetime pass for U.S. citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities. The pass is free. Documentation is required to obtain the pass. Acceptable documentation includes: statement by a licensed physician; document issued by Federal agency such as the Veteran's Administration, Social Security Disability Income or Supplemental Security Income; or document issued by a State agency such as a vocational rehabilitation agency. The pass can only be obtained in person at the park.
America the Beautiful - Volunteer Pass
This pass is for volunteers acquiring 500 service hours on a cumulative basis. It provides access to, and use of, Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity Fee for a year, beginning from the date of award.
Active Duty Military Personnel and Dependents
Beginning in 2012, active military personnel and their dependents became eligible for a special pass. They are free and admit the pass owners and any accompanying passengers in a private non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas, or the pass owner and up to additional 3 adults at sites that charge per person. More information over eilligibility requirements can be found on the pass website.
Did You Know?
In September of 1805 Lewis and Clark crossed into Nez Perce country. A debate ensued among the Nez Perce. Should they assist these strangers or attack them? A female Nez Perce elder, Wetxuuwíis (Wet-k'hoo-wees)urged her people to do them no harm. Her words were heeded; the expedition was welcomed.