Overview of entrance requirements
FreeNo entrance pass required
An entrance pass is not required to access Pea Ridge National Military Park.
Other National Park Service sites may require an entrance pass or fee. Depending on your trip plans, an interagency pass may save you money.
An entrance pass is not required to access Pea Ridge National Military Park. Pea Ridge National Military Park does issue the free America The Beautiful National Park & Federal Recreational Land Passes to those who meet the requirements. Military Annual Pass, Military Lifetime Pass, 4th Grade Pass, Access Pass No Camping There is no camping allowed in Pea Ridge National Military Park.
Interagency National Park Passes
Pea Ridge National Military Park does NOT sell the Interagency Lifetime Senior Pass, the Annual Senior Pass, the Senior Pass, the Golden Age Passport, or the Interagency Annual Pass.
Pea Ridge National Military Park does issue the Interagency Military Annual Pass, the Interagency Military Lifetime Pass, the Interagency 4th Grade Pass, and the Interagency Access Pass.
Interagency Military Annual Pass
The Annual Military Pass started in 2012 as a free annual pass for current U.S. military personnel and their dependents. The National Defense Authorization Act of 2022 (PL 117-81) codified the Military Pass - Annual for current U.S. Military members and their dependents. The pass allows admittance to thousands of federal recreation areas managed by six federal agencies for a year from the issuance month. Dependents of the current military personnel may obtain their own Military Pass by showing the proper documentation described below in Qualifications.
Current members of the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, Space Force, Coast Guard, and National GuardDependents of current U.S. military members. U.S. Military CadetsU.S. Active Reservists (Reservists do not need to be deployed to be eligible)
Find detailed information about this pass on the USGS Store's Frequently Asked Questions webpage. https://store.usgs.gov/MilitaryPass
Learn about free access for U.S. military veterans and Gold Star Families through a Military Lifetime Pass.Passes may not be issued as gifts since eligible recipients must present proof of eligibility.
Interagency Lifetime Military Pass
The new Interagency Pass - Military LifetimeMilitary Lifetime Pass
Cost: FreeAvailable for:On December 27, 2021 S. 1605 “The National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2022” (PL 117-81) was signed into law. Section 641 of NDAA makes Gold Star Families and veterans eligible for lifetime passes to federal recreational lands. The NDAA for 2022 replaces DOI Secretarial Order 3387, which made veterans eligible for the Military Pass in 2020 and the NDAA for 2021 (P.L. 116-283), which included Gold Star Families in the Military Pass.
Gold Star Families with a valid Gold Star Family VoucherUS military veterans with a valid; veteran IDThe Military Pass – Lifetime is issued to individuals with proper documentation at staffed NPS and FWS entrance stations and a limited number of visitor center and agency office locations. Some offices and visitor centers at USACE, USDA FS, BOR and BLM sites also issue the pass (as described in the Qualifications section below).
Gold Star Families are next of kin of a member of the United States Armed Forces who lost his or her life in a “qualifying situation,” such as a war, an international terrorist attack, or a military operation outside of the United States while serving with the United States Armed Forces. Veterans being is identified as an individual who served in the U.S. Armed Forces, including the National Guard and Reserves, and is able to present one of the following valid forms of identification when entering or using federal lands: Unexpired U.S. Department of Defense Identification Card (CAC Card, DD Form 2, DD Form 2765) Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC)Veteran ID CardVeterans designation on a state-issued U.S. driver’s License or identification cardThe actual IDs listed above must be presented in person.
The Every Kid Outdoors Program and the Interagency 4th Grade Pass
The Every Kid Outdoors program, formerly known as Every Kid in a Park, provides all U.S. fourth-grade students and their families with free admission to thousands of federal lands and waters. The pass is valid from September 1 through August 31 of the following year. The paper voucher of the pass allows free entry for fourth graders and three accompanying adults (in a single, private vehicle) at federally managed U.S. participating sites. Every Kid Outdoors, launched on September 1, 2019, authorized by the Every Kid Outdoors Act (H.R. 3186). The program replaces the administratively established Every Kid in a Park, which was an initiative launched in 2015 to help connect with and create the next generation of park visitors. The Every Kid Outdoors program is an interagency program between 4 departments: Interior, Agriculture, Defense, and Commerce and 7 federal agencies – the National Park Service, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Reclamation, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and U.S. Forest Service, for a complete list of sites where a voucher can be exchanged for the physical pass.
Cost: Free pass valid for the duration of the 4th grader's school year through the following summer (September-August)
To obtain the pass, a U.S. fourth-grade student must visit the bilingual www.everykidoutdoors.gov participate in a short educational activity, and then download the paper voucher to print and bring with them to visit public lands and waters nationwide. At certain participating sites, fourth graders can exchange the paper voucher for a durable plastic Interagency Annual Fourth Grade Pass. Either the paper voucher or the durable pass can be used for fee-free entry or day use.
NOTE: Digital versions of the paper voucher, such as on smart psmartphoneslets, are not accepted to exchange for an Annual 4th Grade Pass.
Find detailed information about this pass on the Every Kid Outdoors website and the USGS Store's Frequently Asked Questions webpage. Educators may help students obtain 4th Grade Passes. Learn more at the Every Kid Outdoors website.
Educators, however, do not qualify for a 4th Grade Pass but may want to get one of the other Interagency Passes.
Interagency Access Pass
The Interagency Access Pass is a free, lifetime pass available to U. S. citizens or permanent residents, regardless of age, who have been medically determined to have a permanent disability that severely limits one or more major life activities. The Interagency Access Pass covers entrance or standard amenity day use fees at sites managed by six Federal agencies. It also provides the pass owner a discount on some expanded amenity fees such as camping. The Interagency Access Pass replaced the Golden Access Passport, which will continue to be honored for lifetime of the pass owner.
Last updated: June 2, 2023