Fees & Passes

Entrance to the Mound City Group from State Route 104

NPS Photo / Tom Engberg

Entrance Fees

As of October 1, 2006, there are no entrance fees at Hopewell Culture National Historical Park.

$10 Lifetime Senior Pass

The $10 Lifetime Senior Pass is no longer available. Effective Monday, August 28th, 2017, the Pass cost has changed to $20 for an Annual pass and $80 for a Lifetime pass. Scroll down for complete information about the new Pass program. Both of the new Senior Pass cards are available for purchase at this site.



** The $10 Lifetime Senior Pass is no longer available **

If you purchased the $10 Pass online before the August 28th deadline, 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 plastic card in the mail.

Please keep in mind, any mail-in applications must have had a postmark dated BEFORE August 28th in order to receive the $10 rate. Any mail-in applications postmarked August 28th or later will not be honored at the $10 rate.


Various pass cards
The 2017 America the Beautiful National Parks & Federal Recreation Lands Pass Series

Park Passes

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 only. 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.

These passes are valid for entry of up to four people in a single vehicle at all National Park Service fee sites. Additionally, the passes are also accepted at four other federal recreation agencies that have entrance fees, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation.

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 $20 for an Annual Pass or $80 for a Lifetime Pass. All Pass purchasers must have documentation of age and residency or citizenship. If you purchase four $20 Annual Senior Passes, you can exchange the four cards for a Lifetime Senior Pass at no additional cost. The person purchasing the Annual Pass must have purchased the pass for themself and must be exchanging the four Passes for themself. The Passes are non-transferrable. 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.
  • 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.

Additional information on the pass series or to order a pass online.

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.

Pass cards with landscape photo and picture of bighorn sheep
The new Lifetime Senior Pass and new Annual Senior Pass.

Senior Pass Changes

Effective August 28th, 2017, the price of the America the Beautiful – The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass increased for the first time since 1994. The cost increased to $80 from $10 for a lifetime pass. Seniors (age 62 & older) also have the option to purchase an annual Senior Pass for $20. If purchased for four years, all four Annual Pass cards can be exchanged for a lifetime Senior Pass. 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.
Infographic with text indicating changes to pass program

Last updated: August 29, 2017

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

16062 State Route 104
Chillicothe, OH 45601


(740) 774-1126

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