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Display Your Pass

Do you already have a park pass? You can drive directly to a trailhead or parking area then display it on your dashboard.

We encourage all visitors to bring one of the valid passes shown below or buy and print one of the four passes available online before you arrive at the park. Please review all pass purchase options and eligiblities described below.

A park entrance pass is required year round. All vehicles must display a pass clearly visible through the windshield. Display federal lands passes, such as annual and military passes, on your dashboard with the signature and expiration date facing up. Passes are non-transferable and passholder must be present.

 

Entrance Pass Purchase Options

Three types of weekly passes (Vehicle, Motorcycle, Individual) may be purchased by credit card from automated fee machines available year round 24 hours a day.

  • One is located at a pavilion in the parking lot the Hulls Cove Visitor Center.
  • Another is available inside a gatehouse at the entrance to the Schoodic Institute on the Schoodic Peninsula.

A variety of other annual and lifetime passes can be purchased online or at in-person sales locations listed below.

Enjoy the convenience of purchasing your pass before you arrive. Once you have printed your pass, you can head directly to a trailhead or parking lot and leave the printed pass on your dashboard.
Note: Entrance passes must be printed before you arrive at the park, so they can be displayed on your vehicle's dashboard. If you have a Cadilac Summit Vehicle Reservation, download or screen capture your QR (square confirmation) code to display at the check station. Cell service in Acadia is extremely limited, and you may not be able to retrieve your reservation once in the park.

Acadia Passes
Head to recreation.gov for Acadia-specific passes, permits, and fees; including camping, Cadillac Mountain vehicle reservations, and group climbing.
Note: If arriving by rental car, please select "Rental Vehicle" in the Vehicle Type drop-down menu.
Mobile App: Use the Recreation.gov App to reserve a campsite, buy a Cadillac Summit Vehicle Reservation, or purchase an entrance pass.

National Parks and Federal Lands Passes
Go here to learn more about federal lands passes and to get your own.

The complete variety of park entrance passes are available for purchase in person at these five park locations:


Acadia entrance passes are also available for purchase in-person at third-party sellers. These locations are not operated by the National Park Service and do not offer federal lands passes.

  • Jordan Pond Gift Shop
  • Acadia Regional Chamber of Commerce at Thompson Island
  • Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce, Cottage Street
  • Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce
  • Mount Desert Chamber of Commerce
  • Southwest Harbor/Tremont Chamber of Commerce
 

Purchase and Print Online

Please note: Passes purchased online must be printed before you arrive so they can be displayed on your vehicle dashboard.

Purchase Passes

 
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Automated Fee Machines

Three types of weekly passes (Vehicle, Motorcycle, Individual) may be purchased by credit card from automated fee machines available year round 24 hours a day.

  • One is located at a pavilion in the parking lot the Hulls Cove Visitor Center.
  • Another is available inside a gatehouse at the entrance to the Schoodic Institute on the Schoodic Peninsula.

A variety of other annual and lifetime passes can be purchased online or at in-person sales locations.

 

What Pass Do I Need?

Most visitors to Acadia choose to purchase a Vehicle Pass which covers all occupants for seven days. Please review all of your options described below.

 
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Acadia National Park Entrance Passes

These passes are valid only at Acadia National Park and may be purchased online or in person. You do not need an additional Acadia entrance pass if you already have a federal lands pass.
 

Acadia Passes

Valid for seven days

Admits private, non-commercial vehicle (15 passenger capacity or less) and all occupants. This includes rental cars, RVs, and vans with fewer than 16 passengers.
If the vehicle pass is purchased, no other pass is necessary.

Valid for seven days
Admits one or two passengers on a private, non-commercial motorcycle.
Valid for seven days
Admits one individual with no car (bicyclist, hiker, pedestrian). Youth 15 and under are admitted free of charge.
Valid for 12 months from purchase month.
This pass provides access to Acadia National Park only. This pass admits the pass holder and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle.
School groups and other academic institutions may qualify for an Educational Fee Waiver. If not qualified, please check fees for large or commercial groups below.
Groups entering Acadia by bus, van, or other high-capacity vehicles (16 people or more) must pay an organized group entrance fee.

Adults (16 years old and over): $15/per person
Youth (15 years old and under): Free
Are you operating a business that provides leisure or recreational services while in the park? If so, it is considered a commercial group and you are required to have a Commercial Use Authorization.

A commercial group is defined as consisting of one or more persons traveling on an itinerary that has been packaged, priced, or sold for leisure or recreational purposes by an organization that realizes financial gain through the provisions of the service. Learn more about what is required by visiting our Do Business With Us page.
 

National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Passes

Federal Lands Passes allow entrance at all National Parks and other federal recreation sites, including National Forests and U.S. Fish and Wildlife sites. If you want to have a pass shipped to you at home in advance of your visit, a variety of federal lands passes are available online. Otherwise, these passes are also easily available at in-person park sales locations listed above.

 
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Federal Recreational Lands Pass Types

Also called "America the Beautiful Pass". Valid for 12 months from purchase month.
This is an annual pass for U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or older.
This is a lifetime pass for U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over.

This is a free pass for U.S. military veterans, active duty personnel and their dependents, and Gold Star families with valid documentation.

Documentation:

Active duty and their dependents:

  • CAC Card

  • DD Form 1173

Veterans:

  • Department of Defense Identification Card (non-expired CAC Card)

  • Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC)

  • Veteran ID Card

  • Veterans designation on a state-issued U.S. driver’s license or identification card

Gold Star families: Please download a voucher to fill out before arriving at the park.


 
Valid for life. This is a lifetime pass for U.S. citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities. 
This pass is for volunteers acquiring 250 service hours on a cumulative basis. Learn about volunteer opportunities at Acadia.
This is a free pass for U.S. 4th grade students. Must bring printed voucher to exchange for pass. Please visit www.everykidoutdoors.gov for instructions on how to obtain the required printed voucher. This pass is valid for 12 months beginning September of the year the student begins 4th grade and valid until the following August.
 
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    Vehicle Reservations

    Vehicle reservations are required to drive the Cadillac Summit Road May 25-Oct 22. Sales availability opens on a rolling basis Feb 25.

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    Special Use Permits

    You may require a special permit for some events in Acadia.

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    Camping Takes Planning

    There is no same-day availability for any park campsite. An online reservation is required to enter park campgrounds.

 

Fee Free Days in 2022

Combine great scenery and history with great savings and visit a national park for free on one of these five fee free days in 2022:

  • January 17, 2022 • Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • April 16, 2022 • First Day of National Park Week
  • August 4, 2022 • Great American Outdoors Day
  • September 24, 2022 National Public Lands Day
  • November 11, 2022 Veterans Day
 

How Your Fees Help the Park


The fees you pay when visiting Acadia make a difference. Under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act, Acadia keeps 80 percent of all fees collected and uses that money to improve visitor services and fund critical deferred maintenance projects in the park such as:

  • Maintain and rehabilitate park carriage roads and hiking trails
  • Maintain and repair campgrounds, buildings, and picnic areas
  • Maintain and repair paved roads and parking areas
  • Improve park accessibility for people with disabilities
  • Operate and maintain the Island Explorer bus service
  • Provide lifeguards at Sand Beach and Echo Lake Beach
  • Provide unique interpretive programs
  • Support and maintain museum exhibits
Find out more by visiting our Your Fees at Work page.
 
 

Your Fees at Work

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    Last updated: September 23, 2022

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