The National Park Service is an important participant in the new Interagency Pass Program which was created by the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act and authorized by Congress in December 2004. Participating agencies include the National Park Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture - Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation. The pass series, collectively known as the America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass, is shown below with a brief explanation of each.
National Parks & Federal Recreational Lands Pass Program
Free Annual Pass for U.S. Military
For U.S. citixens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities.
May be obtained in person at a federal recreation site or though the mail using this application form. The cost of obtaining an Access Pass though the mail is ten dollars ($10) for processing the application (the Pass is free).
Applicants must provide doumentation of permanent disability and residency or citixenship.
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.
Generally does NOT cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessioners.
For the former pass program passes:
Golden Eagle Passport and National Parks Pass and Golden Eagle Hologram
Golden Age Passport
Golden Access Passport
All National Parks Passes, Golden Eagle, Golden Eagle Hologram, Golden Access and Golden Age Passports will continue to be honored according to the provisions of the pass. Only paper Golden Age and Access Passports may be exchanged free of charge for new plastic passes.