Learn and Explore
An entry fee or valid pass is required to enter Lassen Volcanic National Park except on fee free entrance days. Vehicle entrance passes are good for 7 days from date of purchase. Passes may be purchased only at staffed entrance stations (at the Southwest and Northwest Entrances on the park highway) or online. Entrance fees can be paid at a staffed entrance station or at a self-pay station. Only self-pay stations are available in Butte Lake, Juniper Lake, and Warner Valley Areas.
Purchasing Entrance or Annual Pass
Annual passes may only be purchased at staffed entrance fee stations or online. Passes and entrance fees cannot be purchased at park visitor centers. If an entrance station is closed, a park entrance fee is still required via a self-pay.
Staffed Entrance Stations
There are two entrance stations on either end of the 30-mile park highway. For security reasons, we do not list exact operating dates or hours.
Staffing: 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.
Remote Area Self-Pay Stations
For Butte Lake, Warner Valley, and Juniper Lake, please pay the entry fee at the self-pay stations. Annual passes are not available in these locations.
Vehicle Entrance Fee $30
Vehicle Entrance Fee - Winter $10
Motorcycle Entrance Fee $25
Individual Entrance Fee $15
Lassen Annual Pass $55
Fee Free Entrance Days
On six days in 2021, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone. Mark your calendar for these entrance fee–free dates in 2021:
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.
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.
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.
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).
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).
How to get your pass
2020-2021 5th Grade Pass - Free
Many 4th graders missed out on using their Every Kid Outdoors Annual 4th Grade Pass during the 2019-2020 school year. A new voucher is now available for 5th grade students for the rest of the school year! With this voucher, 5th graders and their families will have free access to national parks and other federal lands managed by the Department of the Interior from October 28, 2020 through August 31, 2021.
Special Fee Types and Permits
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.
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.
If you have questions about fees or passes, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org 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: May 11, 2021