Fees & Passes

Grand Canyon National Park is continuing to evaluate and adapt to changing COVID-19 guidance, and is adjusting operations as needed.

The information presented here is to help you plan a visit during 2021.

Visit this web page for the current list of what is open, and for park-wide updates >
 

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Entrance Fee-Free Days for 2021

Come experience the national parks! On six days in 2021, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone. Mark your calendar for these entrance fee–free dates in 2021:

Other fees such as reservation, camping, lodging, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.
 

As a precautionary response to the COVID-19 pandemic, all fee-related transactions will be credit card only until further notice.

Entrance Fees

Admission to Grand Canyon National Park is for seven days and includes both the North Rim and South Rim.
(Current Prices went into effect on June 1, 2018) No refunds are given due to inclement weather.
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  • Grand Canyon National Park Vehicle Permit - $35 (U.S. Dollars).
    Admits one single, private, non-commercial vehicle and all its passengers, up to a 15 person passenger van. Organized groups are not eligible for the vehicle permit.
  • Grand Canyon National Park Motorcycle Permit - $30 (U.S. Dollars)
    Admits one single, private, non-commercial motorcycle and its passenger(s).
  • Grand Canyon National Park Individual Permit - $20/person (U.S. Dollars)
    Admits one individual when entering by foot, bicycle, park shuttle bus, Grand Canyon Railway and private rafting trip. Individuals 15 years old and younger are admitted free of charge.
  • Organized Non-commercial Groups > learn more...
  • Commercial Tour Fees > learn more...
 
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Buy Your Digital Entrance Pass on Recreation.gov

Whether you're planning a single visit or coming back multiple times a year, enjoy the convenience of purchasing a Grand Canyon National Park site-specific digital pass on recreation.gov before you arrive. You have immediate access to your digital pass and can easily download it on your phone or tablet. Your pass will also be emailed as a PDF and can be printed out for display when you arrive.

Learn more about your pass options, find the right pass for you, and Buy Your Pass Online >

The following digital passes are available on recreation.gov.

  • Private Vehicle ($35 valid for 7 days) An online pass will admit everyone traveling with you in your car or personal vehicle. It is possible to park in the gateway community of Tusayan, and you can present your pass, and your group can ride the free shuttle into the park. (NOTE: Not in service during December, January and February).

  • Motorcycle ($30 valid for 7 days)

  • Individual ($20 valid for 7 days) For bicyclists, hikers, and pedestrians.

 

Where - When Traveling - Can I Buy an Entrance Pass?

Valle, AZ (Automated Fee Machine - Credit Card only)
Chevron Travel Stop
Vehicle ($35)
Motorcycle ($30)


Locations in Tusayan, AZ
(A few miles south of the park's South Entrance Station)

National Geographic Visitor Center (IMAX Theater)
{accepts checks and credit cards}
Vehicle ($35)
Motorcycle ($30)
Individual ($20)
Interagency Annual ($80)

Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce and Visitor's Bureau
(928) 638-2901
Vehicle ($35)
Individual ($20) permits.
Interagency Annual ($80)
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These Tusayan locations sell the:
($35) Vehicle Pass
($20) Individual pass
Canyon Plaza Resort
Pink Jeep Tours

Red Feather Lodge
West Wind Air Service
 

Where in the park can I buy an entrance pass?


NPS North Rim Entrance Station: (credit cards)
NPS South Entrance Station: (credit cards)
NPS Desert View Entrance Station: (The Desert View Entrance Station is CLOSED at this time). You must enter and exit the park through the South Entrance near the town of Tusayan - 1/4/2021).

Annual and Lifetime Passes

Unless otherwise noted, these passes admit:

  • the pass holder + additional passengers in a non-commercial vehicle, up to a 15-person passenger van, at per vehicle fee areas.
  • the pass holder + 3 adults (not to exceed 4 adults) at per person fee areas. Children under 16 years old are admitted free.
 
Front of Grand Canyon National Park 2020 Annual Pass shows a clam and green Colorado River beneath sheer cliffs that rise from the river's edge.
Grand Canyon National Park 2020 Annual Pass. Photo/Dean Knuth

Grand Canyon National Park - 2020 Annual Pass

Cost $70 (U.S. Dollars)

Valid for twelve months from the date of purchase, for unlimited visits to Grand Canyon National Park. It admits the pass holder and any accompanying persons in a single, private, non-commercial vehicle, or the pass holder and accompanying immediate family (spouse, children, parents) when entry is by other means (train, shuttle, bicycle, or foot).

This pass covers entrance fees only and is not refundable and/or transferable. It may be purchased at any of Grand Canyon National Park's entrance stations.

 
America the Beautiful 2021 Annual Pass shows a hiker silhouetted by a towering misty forest, the word "annual" is in a red diamond on the left.
America the Beautiful 2021 Annual Pass

America the Beautiful - Annual Pass

Cost $80 (U.S. Dollars)

This pass, available to the general public, 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 sale.

This pass can be obtained in person at the park entrance stations, or by calling 1-888-ASK USGS, Ext. 1, or via Internet at https://store.usgs.gov/pass.

 
America the Beautiful 2021 Annual Military Pass shows a hiker silhouetted by a towering misty forest, the word "military" is in a purple diamond on the left.
America the Beautiful 2021 Annual Military Pass

America the Beautiful - Annual Pass for Military

Free

For active duty military personnel and dependents with proper identification (CAC Card or DD Form 1173)

Frequently asked questions about the Annual Pass for Military

 
Gold Star Family Voucher
2020-2021 Gold Star Family Free Access Voucher

Free Access for U.S. Military Veterans and Gold Star Families

As of November 11, 2020, Veterans Day, U.S. military veterans and Gold Star Families now receive free access to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including national parks, wildlife refuges, and forests. This free access program is a way to thank America’s veterans and Gold Star families for their support of our country and to encourage them to explore recreational opportunities on their public lands and waters.

Veterans, for the purpose of this program, are identified as individuals who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, including the National Guard and Reserves, and are able to present one of the following forms of identification when entering a national park.

  • Department of Defense Identification Card (CAC Card)

  • Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC)

  • Veteran ID Card

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

Gold Star Families are the next of kin of a member of the United States Armed Forces who lost their life in a “qualifying situation”, such as a war, an international terrorist attack, or a military operation outside of the United States, while serving with the United States Armed Forces.

Before visiting a federal recreation area, Gold Star Family members must download, print, and self-certify through signing a voucher to present to the ranger or place on the vehicle dashboard at unstaffed sites.

U.S. military veterans and Gold Star Family members can find out more and download the Gold Star Family Free Access Voucher by visiting this free access program's National Park Service website.

 
2020-2021 Every Kid Outdoors 4th Grade Pass shows a group of youth and adults outside. Two youth in the foreground are looking directly ahead and to the right through binoculars.
2020-2021 Every Kids Outdoors 4th Grade Pass

Every Kid Outdoors Annual 4th Grade Pass
Free

Every Kid Outdoors introduces U.S. 4th graders and their families to our national parks. By targeting fourth graders one year at a time, we will ensure every child in the U.S, has the opportunity to visit and enjoy their public lands and waters by the time he or she is 11 years old.

Paper vouchers can be obtained by visiting the Every Kid Outdoors website and those vouchers may be exchanged for the Annual 4th Grade Pass at federal recreation sites that charge entrance fees or amenity fees.

 
5th Grade Voucher

Free Access for U.S. 5th Graders

As many U.S. 4th graders missed out on using their Every Kid Outdoors Annual 4th Grade Pass during the 2019-2020 school year, a new voucher is now available for 5th grade students for the rest of the 2020-2021 school year! With this paper voucher in hand, 5th graders and their families will enjoy free access to national parks and other federal lands through August 31, 2021.

U.S. 5th graders and their families can find out more about this special invitation and access a printable voucher by visiting the National Park Service's Kids in Parks website.
 
America the Beautiful Lifetime Senior Pass shows a bighorn ram leaping over a fast-running stream, the words "senior lifetime" are in a light grey diamond on the left.
The America the Beautiful Lifetime Senior Pass costs $80.

America the Beautiful - Senior Passes

Lifetime: $80 (U.S. Dollars) Annual: $20 (U.S. Dollars)

On Aug. 28, 2017, the cost of a lifetime pass to our national parks and federal recreation lands, for those 62 and older, increased from $10 to $80. An annual senior pass is also available for $20. Learn more about the lifetime senior passes here.

This is a lifetime pass for U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over. The pass provides access to, and use of, Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity.

 
America the Beautiful 2021 Senior Annual Pass shows a hiker silhouetted by a towering misty forest, the words "senior annual" are in a dark grey diamond on the left.
The America the Beautiful 2021 Annual Senior Pass costs $20.

Lifetime and Annual Senior Passes provide 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. Senior passes are non-transferable and generally do not cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessionaires.

Frequently asked questions about the America the Beautiful Senior Pass

 
America the Beautiful Access Pass depicts an owl flying over a field of grain, the word "access" is in a blue diamond on the left.
America the Beautiful Access Pass

America the Beautiful - Access Pass

Free

This is a lifetime pass for U.S. citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities. The pass provides access to, and use of, Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity.

Documentation is required to obtain the pass. Acceptable documentation includes:

  • a statement by a licensed physician
  • a document issued by a Federal agency such as the Veteran's Administration, Social Security Disability Income or Supplemental Security Income
  • a document issued by a State agency such as a vocational rehabilitation agency.

The Access Pass provides a 50 percent discount on some Expanded Amenity Fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, boat launching, 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.

Frequently asked questions about the Access Pass

 
America the Beautiful 2021 Annual Volunteer Pass shows a hiker silhouetted by a towering misty forest, the word "volunteer" is in a green diamond on the left.
America the Beautiful 2021 Annual Volunteer Pass

America the Beautiful - Volunteer Pass

Free

This pass is for volunteers acquiring 250 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.

For more information about volunteer opportunities, visit Volunteer.gov

 

Grand Canyon National Park Commercial Tour Fees


Based on vehicle capacity for all tour groups and bus companies that originate outside a 100 mile radius of an entrance station for Grand Canyon National Park. Taxis are classified as commercial tours as they do not have regularly scheduled service.

Vehicles with capacity of 1-25: will be charged a Flat Fee of $8.00 per person. Those age 15 and under will be exempt from payment of fees.


Vehicles with capacity of 26 or greater will be charged a flat fee of $300.00. No Golden Eagle, Golden Age, Golden Access, Grand Canyon Park Passes, or America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Passes, will be accepted and no exemptions for age.

Multiple Vehicle Tours/Caravan Tour
In multiple vehicle tours each vehicle will be charged the regular, single-vehicle fee ($30 Motorcycles, $35 Vehicle). If one or more group members own an America The Beautiful: Federal Lands Pass, each pass will be accepted for entry of one vehicle in the caravan.

Regional Shuttle Service is defined as service organizations within a 100 mile radius of an entrance station for Grand Canyon National Park. All vehicles will be charged a flat fee of $8.00 per person, regardless of vehicle size.

Local transit is designated as having regularly scheduled transit service originating within a 100 mile radius of an entrance station for Grand Canyon National Park. All vehicles will be charged a flat fee of $6.00 per person, regardless of vehicle size. Those age 15 and under will be exempt from payment of fees.


No per person fees are charged as long as passengers are traveling with the original commercial vehicle. Tour passengers who re-enter the park by other means are subject to per person fees. Entrance Fees are NOT refundable and/or transferable. The permit is valid for up to 7 days for the same tour group only. A Commercial Use Authorization is required for any commercial tour company, regional shuttle service company, or local transit company that enters the park.

Note: As of October 1, 2015, the Pre-Authorized Debit (PAD) payment system and checks are no longer accepted for park entrance fees at Grand Canyon National Park for Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) holders.

In an effort to streamline the process for managing entrance fees, the Park is phasing out the PAD payment system and the acceptance of checks. If you are currently using the Commercial Tour Passenger Certification Form (half sheet) for entry into the park, you will no longer be required to submit this form.

Cash, credit card and traveler’s check will be the only approved forms of payment for entrance fees starting October 1, 2015. Card-Not-Present transactions are not permitted, including payment over the phone. Any company arriving at the entrance station without one of the approved forms of payment for entry fees will be denied access to the park.

Organized Non-commercial Groups

Organized Non-commercial Groups include church groups, college/school groups, scouts, service organizations, military, etc. All holders of ATB Interagency Passes, Golden Passports, Grand Canyon passes and those under 16 years of age will be exempt from payment of fees. Passes allow free entrance to individual pass holders under the conditions stated on the pass.

Organized Non-commercial Groups in vehicles with a manufacture's designed capacity of 16 or less are charged the $35.00 vehicle permit or a fee of $8.00 per person in vehicles with a manufacture's designed capacity of 16 or greater. Removal of seats from a vehicle does not then qualify for the lower rate. Age and pass exemptions apply. (U.S. Dollars)

The total fee charged for an Organized Non-commercial Group will not exceed the $300 fee per vehicle. (U.S. Dollars)

Organized Non-Commercial Groups are not eligible to purchase Interagency Federal Recreational Lands Passes.

Rev. 7/15/18

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Last updated: January 7, 2021

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PO Box 129
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023

Phone:

928-638-7888

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