Fees & Passes

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Southwest Entrance Station.
 

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Reservations Are NOT Required or Accepted to Enter Lassen Volcanic
You may enter the park at any time, 24 hours a day. Reservations are highly recommended for campsites.

An Entry Fee or Valid Pass is Required to Visit Lassen Volcanic
We highly recommend purchasing a Lassen Volcanic pass or nationwide/interagency pass online prior to arrival. You may also purchase passes at staffed entrance stations.

 

Purchase a Lassen Volcanic Pass Online

We recommend purchasing a Lassen Volcanic 7-Day Entrance or Annual Pass online prior to your visit.

  • You must select the start date of your 7-Day pass when purchasing. Entry is not limited; the start date is only required to determine the end date of your pass.
  • Please print a copy of your digital pass and show to park staff upon entrance and then place on your vehicle's dashboard while in the park.
  • A printed copy of a digital Lassen Annual Pass may be exchanged for a plastic pass at staffed entrance stations.
Purchase Passes

 

Purchasing a Pass in the Park

Staffed Entrance Stations

There are two entrance stations on either end of the 30-mile park highway.

  • Southwest Entrance (near Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center)
  • Northwest Entrance (in the Manzanita Lake Area, near Loomis Plaza)

For security reasons, we do not list exact operating dates or hours. Entrance stations are staffed daily from mid-May to mid-October. During the winter, the entrance stations are generally staffed Wednesday-Sunday, with intermittent closures due to staffing shortage, weather, or training.

If you did not purchase a pass online and the entrance station is closed when you enter the park, you may self-pay outside either entrance station.

Remote Areas: Butte Lake, Warner Valley, and Juniper Lake

Please purchase a 7-Day Entrance or Annual Pass online or at a staffed entrance prior to visiting these remote areas. Self-pay is available at unstaffed fee stations in each area if you arrive without a valid pass.

 

Lassen Volcanic Entrance Passes

7-Day Vehicle Entrance Pass $30
Valid for up to 7 consecutive days from the day of purchase at Lassen Volcanic National Park. Payable in-person at park entrances. Self-registration when not staffed.

7-Day Vehicle Entrance Pass - Winter $10
Valid for up to 7 consecutive days at Lassen Volcanic National Park between December 1 and April 15. Payable in-person at park entrances. Self-registration when not staffed.

7-Day Motorcycle Entrance Fee $25
Valid for one motorcycle regardless of the amount of passengers. Valid for up to 7 consecutive days at Lassen Volcanic National Park. Payable in-person at park entrances. Self-registration when not staffed.

7-Day Individual Entrance Fee $15
Per person entrance fee for one entry on foot, bicycle, or for individuals traveling together in a vehicle as a non-commercial, organized group. Valid for 7 consecutive days at Lassen Volcanic National Park. Payable in-person at park entrances. Self-registration when not staffed.

Lassen Annual Pass $55
Valid for one year from month of purchase at Lassen Volcanic National Park. Honored at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. Purchase an annual pass online or at staffed park entrance stations.

  • The Lassen Annual Pass admits passholder and all passengers in a non-commercial vehicle where per-vehicle fees are charged or the passholder + 3 adults for per-person fee areas (children under 16 are admitted free)
  • The pass does not cover recreation fees such as camping.
 

Fee-Free Entrance Days

On 5 days in 2022 all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone.

 
Annual and Lifetime Passes
2021 Annual and Lifetime Passes
 

Nationwide/Interagency Passes

Valid at Lassen and all other Federal Lands charging entrance and recreation fees. Not valid for State Parks. Passes may be purchased at the Southwest and Northwest Entrance Stations. Most passes may also be purchased on-line at any time. See below.

America the Beautiful Pass Series

Starting January 1, 2007 the old Golden Age, Golden Eagle, and Golden Access Passes were replaced with a new series of interagency passes called the America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass. All Golden Access and Golden Age Passports will continue to be honored according to the provisions of the pass. Only paper Golden Age and Access Passports may be exchanged free of charge for new plastic passes. Please visit the America the Beautiful Pass website for more information or to purchase online.

Annual Pass - $80

The Annual Pass is available to the general public and provides access to, and use of federal recreation sites that charge an entrance or standard amenity fee for one year, beginning from the month of purchase.

  • The pass admits the passholder and all passengers in a non-commercial vehicle where per-vehicle fees are charged or the passholder + 3 adults for per-person fee areas (children under 16 are admitted free).
  • The pass does not cover other recreation fees such as campground fees
  • The pass waives the standard entrance fee
  • The Annual pass can be obtained in person at the park, by calling 1-888-ASK USGS, Ext. 1, or online.

Senior Pass - $80 (lifetime) or $20 (annual)

The Senior Pass is available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over. This pass provides access to, and use of federal recreation sites that charge an entrance or standard amenity fee.

  • The pass admits the passholder and all passengers in a non-commercial vehicle where per-vehicle fees are charged or the passholder +3 adults for per-person fee areas (children under 16 are admitted free).
  • The Senior Pass provides a 50 percent discount on some expanded amenity fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, boat launch, and specialized interpretive services. In some cases where expanded amenity fees are charged, only the pass holder will be given the 50 percent price reduction.
  • The pass is non-transferable and generally does NOT cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessionaires
  • The pass waives the standard entrance fee
  • The pass can be obtained in person at the park, online, or by mail for an additional $10 fee. To purchase by mail, submit a paper application by mail to the USGS using the paper application and $90 fee

Access Pass - Free (in person) or $10 (by mail)

The Access Pass is a lifetime pass for U.S. citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities; documentation is required to obtain it. Acceptable documentation includes: statement by a licensed physician; document issued by Federal agency such as the Veteran's Administration, Social Security Disability Income or Supplemental Security Income; or a document issued by a State agency such as a vocational rehabilitation agency.

  • The pass provides access to, and use of, Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity Fee for a lifetime
  • The pass admits the passholder and all passengers in a non-commercial vehicle where per-vehicle fees are charged or the pass holder +3 adults for per-person fee areas (children under 16 are admitted free). The pass can be obtained in person at the park or by mailing a completed application form.
  • The Access Pass provides a 50 percent discount on some expanded amenity fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, boat launch, and specialized interpretive services. The pass is non-transferable and generally does NOT cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessionaires
  • The pass waives the standard entrance fee

Military Annual Pass - Free (in-person only)

To show our appreciation for those who serve in the U.S. Military, the National Park Service is now issuing a free annual pass to active duty military members and their dependents. Passes may be obtained by active duty military members and their dependents at park entrance stations with proper identification (CAC Card or DD Form 1173).

  • The Military Annual Pass provides access to, and use of, Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity Fee for one year, beginning from the month of purchase.
  • The pass admits the passholder and all passengers in a non-commercial vehicle where per-vehicle fees are charged or the passholder + 3 adults for per-person fee areas (children under 16 are admitted free).
  • The pass does not cover other recreation fees such as campground fees
  • The pass waives the standard entrance fee

Annual 4th Grade Pass - Free

Available to US 4th graders (including home-schooled and free-choice learners 10 years of age) with a valid Every Kid in a Park paper pass. Valid for the duration of the 4th grade school year through the following summer (September-August).

  • The pass admits the passholder and all passengers in a non-commercial vehicle where per-vehicle fees are charged or the pass holder +3 adults for per-person fee areas (children under 16 are admitted free).
  • The pass does not cover other recreation fees such as campground fees
  • The pass waives the standard entrance fee

How to get your pass

 

Special Fee Types and Permits

School Groups

School groups are eligible for a fee waiver.

Commercial Tour Fee

Pass is valid for the day of purchase and the next six days for a vehicle carrying the same group of passengers. A commercial tour is defined as consisting of one or more persons traveling on an itinerary that has been packaged, priced, or sold for leisure or recreational purposes by an organization that realizes financial gain through the provision of the service. The entry fees of commercial tours are based upon the total seating capacity of vehicles regardless of the actual number of passengers. Annual or lifetime passes are not accepted for commercial groups.

Capacity Fees (based on passenger capacity):
1-6 - $25 plus $15 per person (no charge for driver)
7-15 - $50
16-25 - $60
26+ - $150

Special Use Permits

Learn more about special park use permits, commercial filming permits, and commercial use authorizations here.

 

Your Fee Dollars at Work

Managing public lands requires a major financial investment. General tax revenues provide most of that investment for Lassen Volcanic National Park. Entrance fees from those who directly use the park for recreation provide additional support for maintaining park services and facilities. Eighty percent of the fees collected at Lassen are returned to the park for specific projects. Each time you pay a park entrance fee, you are making a direct investment in your park. Learn more about projects funded by your fee dollars.

General Questions

If you have questions about fees or passes, please email us at lavo_fees@nps.gov or call the fees office at 530-595-6121. Please read this entire page before contacting us, as many of your questions may already be answered.

Last updated: June 23, 2022

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