Entrance Passes

America the Beautiful - The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Series

A pass is your ticket to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites. Each pass covers entrance fees at national parks and national wildlife refuges as well as standard amenity fees (day use fees) at national forests and grasslands, and at lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. A pass covers entrance, standard amenity fees and day use fees for a driver and all passengers in a personal vehicle at per vehicle fee areas (or up to four adults at sites that charge per person). Children age 15 or under are admitted free.

Search a list of all federal recreation sites, including national parks, where the passes are issued. In addition to direct sales of Interagency Passes at national parks and other federal recreation sites, many of the America the Beautiful (Interagency) Passes are available for purchase online. Please visit the USGS Online Store for detailed information about how to purchase a pass online and whether purchasing a pass at this time is the right decision for you.

Please remember when making your purchase that Interagency Passes are non-refundable, non-transferable, cannot be extended and cannot be replaced if lost or stolen.


The following passes are available:

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Passes for Veterans & Gold Star Families

A new pass program grants U.S. military veterans and Gold Star Families free access to national parks.

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Special Invitation for 5th Graders

5th graders have free access to national parks through August 2021.

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Senior Pass Changes

Learn more about the Senior Pass, what recent changes mean for you, and how the funds benefit national parks.

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The 2021 The America the Beautiful-The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass

Photo on the pass by Sam Jezak, Redwood National and State Parks in California, 2019 Share the Experience Photo Contest Grand Prize Winner

Annual Pass

Cost: $80 annual pass

Available for: Everyone

How to purchase:

Additional Information:

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The 2021 Interagency Annual Pass - Military

Photo on the pass by Sam Jezak, 2019 Share the Experience Photo Contest Grand Prize Winner

Military Pass

Cost: Free annual pass

Available for:

  • Current US military members and their dependents in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and Space Force, as well as Reserve and National Guard members
  • US military veterans
  • Gold Star Family members

How to obtain:

Additional Information:

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Image of the September 1, 2020 - August 31, 2021 - 4th Grade Pass

Photo on the pass by Laura Cox, US Fish & Wildlife Service, San Diego National Wildlife Refuge, California

4th Grade Pass

Cost: Free pass valid for the duration of the 4th grader's school year though the following summer (September-August)

Available for: US 4th graders, including home-schooled and free-choice learners 10 years of age, with a valid Every Kid Outdoors paper pass

How to obtain:

Additional Information:

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The 2021 Interagency Annual Senior Pass and the 2021 Interagency Lifetime Senior Pass

Photos for the passes by Lori Wilkinson, Yellowstone National Park (top) and Sam Jezak, 2019 Share the Experience Photo Contest Grand Prize Winners (bottom)

Senior Pass

Cost:

  • $80 Lifetime Senior Pass
  • $20 Annual Senior Pass

Available for: US citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over. Applicants must provide documentation of age and residency or citizenship.

How to purchase:

Additional Information:

  • Find detailed information about this pass on the USGS Store's Lifetime Senior Pass, Annual Senior Pass, and Frequently Asked Questions webpages.
  • Learn about changes to the Senior Pass that took affect in 2017.
  • The Senior Pass may provide a 50 percent discount on some amenity fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, boat launch, and specialized interpretive services.
  • The Senior Pass generally does NOT cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessioners.
  • Golden Age Passports are no longer sold. However, these passes will continue to be honored according to the provisions of the pass.
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The 2021 Interagency Access Pass

Photo on the pass by Steven Koehler, Yellowstone National Park

Access Pass

Cost: Free lifetime pass

Available for: US citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities. Applicants must provide documentation of permanent disability and residency or citizenship.

How to purchase:

Additional Information:

  • Find detailed information about this pass on the USGS Store's Access Pass and Frequently Asked Questions webpages.
  • Find Frequently Asked Questions about this and other interagency passes on the USGS Store's website.
  • The Access Pass may provide a 50 percent discount on some amenity fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, boat launching, and specialized interpretive services.
  • The Access Pass generally does NOT cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessioners.
  • Golden Access Passports are no longer sold. However, these passes will continue to be honored according to the provisions of the pass.
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The 2021 Interagency Volunteer Pass

Photo on the pass by Sam Jezak, 2019 Share the Experience Photo Contest Grand Prize Winner

Volunteer Pass

Cost: Fee annual pass

Available for: Volunteers with 250 service hours with federal agencies that participate in the Interagency Pass Program

How to obtain: Volunteers should contanct their volunteer coordinator for more information.

Additional Information:

  • Find Frequently Asked Questions about this and other interagency passes on the USGS Store's website.
  • The Volunteer Pass is valid for 12 months from the date of issue.
  • Contact your local federal recreation site for more information about volunteer opportunities or visit Volunteer.gov.

More Information

These six agencies participate in the Interagency Pass Program:

For more information about the terms used (for example, "non-commercial vehicle" or "pass owner," see Pass Program Definitions on the USGS website.

Last updated: May 28, 2021