** The park is now SOLD OUT of the $10 Lifetime Senior Pass. **
You can still get the pass from the USGS online store. Please order the pass online from the USGS website ($10 cost for the card + $10 processing fee). If purchased online, your printed out order confirmation sheet will act as your card and will be honored in the same fashion as the actual card until you receive the card in the mail.
If you are unable or unwilling to make an online purchase for the pass, you can print out this paper application form, fill it out, and mail the completed form along with the appropriate documentation and $20 payment ($10 cost for the card + $10 processing fee) to the USGS address listed on the application. Your mail-in application must be postmarked BEFORE August 28th in order to purchase the pass for $10. Any mail-in applications postmarked August 28th or later will not be honored at the $10 rate.
(Please note: there is currently a TWELVE WEEK processing period for online orders of the Senior Pass).We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
The park sells the America the Beautiful National Parks & Federal Recreation Lands Pass at the Mound City Group Visitor Center. Payment for passes at the visitor center must be made with personal check or cash. If you must purchase a pass with a credit card, you can visit another federal site which sells the passes or you can visit the USGS Online Store to order select passes. An accompanying annual decal pass is availble to those with vehicles that are open top and unable to secure the card inside of the vehicle. Ask a ranger when you purchase your card for the decal which is free of charge. Decal is available to all pass holders and must be replaced annually.
The pass series consists of the Annual Pass, the Senior Pass*, the Access Pass and the free Annual Pass for U.S. Military. Children under the age of 16 are admitted free at all NPS fee sites.
The Annual Pass is available to anyone over the age of 16. The cost is $80. NOTE: Can be purchased online or via telephone at 1-888-ASK-USGS (1-888-275-8747), Ext. 3, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm MST.
The Senior Pass is available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or older. The cost is $10 with documentation of age and residency or citizenship. NOTE: There will be an additional $10 application processing fee to order the card online* or via telephone at 1-888-ASK-USGS (1-888-275-8747), Ext. 3, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm MST. *** IMPORTANT CHANGES TO THE SENIOR PASS PROGRAM ***
The Access Pass is free to ALL U.S. citizens or permanent residents with a permanent disability (Applicants must provide documentation of permanent disability and residency or citizenship - Vehicle disability hang tags are not acceptable). NOTE: There will be a $10 application processing fee to order the card online* or via telephone at 1-888-ASK-USGS (1-888-275-8747), Ext. 3, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm MST..
The Annual Pass for U.S. Military is free to all active duty military members and their dependents. Applicants must present a Common Access Card (CAC) or Military ID (Form 1173) to receive the pass. NOTE:This pass must be obtained in person, at a federal facility which offers it.
* IMPORTANT NOTE: There is currently a TWELVE WEEK processing period for the online ordering of Senior Pass.
PLEASE NOTE:Golden Access and Golden Age Passports are no longer sold. However, these passes will continue to be honored according to the provisions of the pass.
Senior Pass Changes
On August 28th, 2017, the price of the America the Beautiful – The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass will increase for the first time since 1994. The cost will increase to $80 from $10 for a lifetime pass. Seniors (age 62 & older) can also purchase an annual Senior Pass for $20. If purchased consecutively for four years, all four cards can be exchanged for a lifetime Senior Pass. The additional revenue will be used to enhance the visitor experience in parks. Learn more about the changes, what they mean for you, and how the additional funds will be used when you visit the National Park Service's Senior Pass changes page. The infographic below explains the major changes to the pass program.