Overview of entrance requirements
All visitors MUST have
The America the Beautiful – The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Series is your ticket to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites across the United States. entrance fees at lands managed by the National Park Service and US Fish & Wildlife Service and also standard amenity fees (day use fees) at lands managed by the US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and US Army Corps of Engineers.
More about interagency passes
Standard Entrance Pass
Lake Mead National Recreation Area has entrance and lake use fees. Lake Mead passes can be purchased online or at one of our entrance stations. You may also purchase passes by printing out a mail-in form.
Admits a private non-commercial vehicle for 1-7 days.
Admits a motorcycle for 1-7 days.
Admits a single individual walking/bicycling for 1-7 days.
For Organizations & Businesses
Admits education/academic groups as long as a fee waiver form is filled out and approved.More information
Admits vehicles at the per person rate for groups using vehicles for 12 or more people. The $15 cost is per person ages 16+, not to exceed the flat rate paid commercial tours for same type of vehicle.
Admits a sedan of 1-6 people.
Admits a van of 7-16 persons.
Admits a mini-bus of 16-25 persons.
Admits a motor coach of 26+ persons.
Annual Entrance - Park
This pass admits the passholder(s) only into Lake Mead National Recreation Area AND NOT other federal lands. The interagency passes allow access to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites. Admits passholder and occupants of a single, private non-commercial vehicle. In cases where per person fees are charged, pass is valid for the passholder + 3 adults.1 year from month of purchase. Good through 1 year from month of purchase.
2023 Fee-free Days
No entrance pass required on these days:
All park visitors are required to purchase a recreational use pass upon entering Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Additionally, the park charges lake use fees. Lake Mead passes can be purchased online, at one of our entrance stations, or by printing out a mail-in form.
Note: entrance passes are NOT SOLD at the Alan Bible Visitor Center.
Vessel and Camping Fees
Boaters can purchase a Lake Mead Annual Vessel Pass for $50 for their motorized vessel or $16 for a 1- to 7-day pass. Non-motorized vessels do not require a Lake Mead Vessel Pass.
The implementation of standardized Road-based Commercial Tour (RBCT) CUAs and fees is DELAYED. This decision also delays implementation of increased commercial entrance fees. Parks with existing RBCT CUA requirements may continue to issue and manage CUAs according to existing practices including charging appropriate fees.
To apply for a CUA, email email@example.com.
Last updated: July 6, 2023