Fees & Passes

New in 2024, all passes will have one signature line for a single passholder. A pass covers the passholder and all occupants in a personal vehicle at sites that charge per vehicle or, the passholder and up to three additional adults (16 and over) at sites that charge per person. Children ages 15 or under are admitted free.
Plan Your Visit

Key Information

  1. Get an entrance pass

    All visitors must have one of these entrance passes:

    Pass Price
    Standard Pass $15.00–$25.00
    Annual Pass $45.00
    America the Beautiful Pass (includes Senior Passes) FREE–$80.00

    Help me choose an entrance pass

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.

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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


Lake Mead National Recreation Area has entrance and lake use fees. The Lake Mead Annual Entrance Pass and Lake Mead Annual Vessel fees can be paid and purchased for online or at one of our entrance stations.

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.
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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

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.

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:


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 or at one of our entrance stations.

Entrance station locations are:

  • Boulder Beach
  • Lake Mead Boulevard
  • Lake Mead Parkway
  • Cottonwood Cove
  • Temple Bar (CLOSED)
  • Northshore Road (CLOSED)
  • Willow Beach
  • Katherine Landing
  • Lake Mead Headquarters Building.

Note: entrance passes are NOT SOLD at the Alan Bible Visitor Center.

Current pass holders can enter the park through the far right-hand lane of the entrance station. Lake Mead charges entry fees per vehicle, so if there is a pass present in the private vehicle, that pass can be used for the whole vehicle entrance fee.

Per person fees are only charged for certain commercial or group entry or cases in which a person is not in a motorized vehicle (walking, biking, etc). In the event a party is walking together, passes are valid for the passholder + 3 persons age 16 or older. Any individual entering the park under the age of 16 is admitted for free.


Vessel and Camping Fees

Vessel Fees



Annual Vessel Sticker

$50 per vessel
$25 Senior/Access

1 calendar year

Daily Vessel

$16 per vessel
$8 Senior/Access

7 consecutive days

Camping Fees



Visit the campgrounds page to learn about regular and group camping fees.


Other Fees

Hunting and fishing is regulated by the states. For more detailed informaiton about fishing license and information please visit our Fishing Page. For more detailed information about a hunting license please visit our Hunting Page.

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.
Purchase Annual Boat Pass Online

In addition to other passes and fees that apply to Lake Mead charged by the NPS, the Nevada Department of Wildlife charges for an Invasive Species pass. More information on this pass can be found below:
Apply & Buy - Nevada Boating (ndow.org)

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 lake_cua@nps.gov.

While in the park our official concessioner offer additional opportunities and services for additional fees and costs. Please visit our Directory of Concessioners for more information.

Last updated: February 27, 2024

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Boulder City, NV 89005


702 293-8990
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