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Entrance Pass Required Year Round

During winter in Acadia, from December into April, all in-person pass sales take place at a check station along the Park Loop Road. Find maps and directions with our Winter Visitation offerings. All visitors are required to have a Park Entrance Pass. All vehicles must display a pass clearly visible through the windshield. Display federal lands passes, such as senior and military passes, on your dashboard with the signature and expiration date facing up.


What Pass Do I Need?

Everyone (16 years old and above) needs an entrance pass to visit Acadia. You can use either a National Park/Federal Lands pass (including Senior, Access, Annual, and more) or an Acadia-specific pass. There are additional fees for Cadillac Mountain vehicle reservations, commercial groups and tours, and camping.

Are you planning a special or event or media project? You may need to apply for a Special Use Permit.

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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.
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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 Educaional 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. A variety of federal lands passes are available online and in person at Acadia. These passes include:

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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.


Active duty and their dependents:

  • CAC Card

  • DD Form 1173


  • 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. Please visit www.everykidoutdoors.gov for instructions on how to obtain the voucher required to exchange for the pass. This pass is valid for 12 months beginning September of the year the student begins 4th grade and valid until the following August.

Entrance Pass

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 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.

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

  • Cadillac Mountain Gift Shop
  • Jordan Pond Gift Shop
  • Acadia Regional Chamber of Commerce at Thompson Island
  • Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce, Cottage Street
  • Southwest Harbor/Tremont Chamber of Commerce
  • Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce
Park entrance passes displayed on car dashboard and windshield
All vehicles must display a pass clearly visible through the windshield. Display federal lands passes, such as senior and military passes, on your dashboard with the signature and expiration date facing up.



How to Use Your Pass

Because Acadia has several entrances, there is no single entrance station before you arrive in the park.

Private Vehicles

Display your entrance pass in your vehicle's dashboard. If you bought your pass online, please print your pass before you arrive.

By foot/bicycle/taxi/bus

Carry your pass with you. If you have a vehicle pass but are (re)entering the park by other means, have one member of your group carry your vehicle pass. If your pass is on your cell phone, please download or take a screenshot of the QR/confirmation code, as cell service in the park is limited.

Cadillac Mountain Vehicle Reservation

Cadillac Mountain vehicle reservations must be purchased online before you arrive at Acadia. You will be asked to show your reservation conservation at the entrance to Cadillac Mountain Summit Road. Please print, download, or screenshot your QR/confirmation code before your arrival. Cell phone service is limited in the park and you may not be able to access emails or websites.

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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