Fees & Passes

Plan Your Visit

Key Information

  1. Get an entrance pass

    All visitors must have one of these entrance passes:

    Pass Price
    Standard Pass $10.00
    Annual Pass $35.00
    America the Beautiful Pass (includes Senior Passes) FREE–$80.00

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Choosing an Entrance Pass

Do you have or qualify for a discounted America the Beautiful Pass?

If you already have an America the Beautiful—the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass, that's the only entrance pass you need. Seniors, military, visitors with a permanent disability, and families with a 4th grader are eligible for a free or discounted America the Beautiful pass.

America the Beautiful Pass

How often do you plan to visit national parks in the next 12 months?

If you don't qualify for a discounted America the Beautiful pass, we recommend choosing an entrance pass based on your trip plans.

I'm visiting... We recommend
This park, once Standard Pass
This park, multiple times Annual Pass
More than one national park or federal recreation site America the Beautiful Pass

Entrance Passes

Standard Entrance Pass


Entrance fees may be paid with a credit card at the Pine Springs Visitor Center (open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) or with cash or a credit card at the self-pay stations located at any trailhead. At the trailhead fill out the appropriate information on the front of the green fee envelope, place cash in the envelope, seal, remove the detachable stub and place on dash of vehicle. Deposit the green fee envelope at any trailhead pipe safe. Either a green fee entry stub, pass receipt, or a current pass must be displayed and visible in your vehicle for the duration of your visit in the park.

An entrance fee of $10 per person (16 years of age and older) is required; entrance fees/passes permit 1-7 consecutive days of use in this national park. Holders of the Annual, Senior, Military, 4th grade and Access Pass can bring in 3 adults free of charge under their pass. Any pass must be displayed in a vehicle while in the national park.

In-person Purchase Locations

  • Pine Springs Visitor Center

    Cash or Credit/Debit

  • McKittrick Canyon Visitor Center

    Cash or Credit/Debit

  • Pine Springs Trailhead

    Cash or Credit/Debit

  • Frijole Ranch Trailhead

    Cash or Credit/Debit

  • The Dog Canyon Trailhead

    Cash or Credit/Debit

  • McKittrick Canyon Trailhead

    Cash or Credit/Debit

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For Organizations & Businesses

Entrance fee waivers are available to groups when the purpose of their visit is educational rather than recreational. Completed applications along with required documentation must be submitted via email. Fee waiver requests must be submitted at least six weeks before a scheduled visit to allow for consideration.
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Annual Entrance - Park

This pass is valid for entrance into Guadalupe Mountains National Park for one year from the month of purchase. The pass admits up to four adults in a private vehicle and is non-transferable; visitors under 16 years of age are free. You can purchase this pass at the Pine Springs Visitor Center.

In-person Purchase Locations

  • Pine Springs Visitor Center

    Credit/Debit Only

  • McKittrick Canyon Visitor Center

    Credit/Debit Only

America the Beautiful—the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass

A stack of all six versions of the America the Beautiful Pass

Covers entrance fees and standard amenity (day-use) fees at lands managed by

  • National Park Service
  • US Fish & Wildlife Service
  • US Forest Service
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Bureau of Reclamation
  • US Army of Corps of Engineers

Depending on the type of entrance fee charged at a site, covers
One private vehicle fee
Four per person fees

Type Available to Price
Annual Pass Everyone $80.00
Annual Senior Pass US citizens and permanent residents 62+ years old $20.00
Lifetime Senior Pass US citizens and permanent residents 62+ years old $80.00
Annual Military Pass Current US military and dependents Free
Lifetime Military Pass Gold Star Family members and veterans Free
Access Pass US citizens and permanent residents with permanent disability Free
4th Grade Pass US 4th graders Free
Volunteer Pass Federal recreation site volunteers with 250 service hours Free

America the Beautiful Passes are non-refundable, non-transferable and cannot be replaced if lost or stolen. Passholders must show valid photo identification (ID) with each pass.

How to Get an America the Beautiful Pass

In Person (Recommended)

Passes can be purchased or picked up at over 1,000 federal recreation sites.

Purchase and pickup locations

Order Online, Receive by Mail

To receive your pass by mail, order online at the USGS Online Store or by phone: 1-888-275-8747, extension 1. Hours of operation are 8 am to 4 pm Mountain Time.

2024 Free Entrance Days in the National Parks

Come experience the national parks! All National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone (other fees may apply). Mark your calendar for these entrance fee-free dates:


The fees you pay when visiting Guadalupe Mountains National Park are important! Under the Federal Recreation Lands Enhancement Act, national parks use the fees collected to fund critical projects that improve visitor services and protect natural and cultural resources.


Last updated: May 15, 2023

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