America the Beautiful Passes

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.

See the site locations that issue these passes.


The following passes make up the series:
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2016 The America the Beautiful-The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass

Gregory Teller, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, 2014 Share the Experience Photo Contest Grand Prize Winner.

Annual Pass

  • $80 annual pass
  • Available to everyone.
  • Can be obtained in person at a federal recreation site, or by calling 1-888-ASK USGS (1-888-275-8747), Ext. 3 (Hours of operation are: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Mountain time), or online. Buy Now
  • Non-transferable.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Interagency Annual Pass

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2016 Interagency Military Pass

Gregory Teller, 2014 Share the Experience Photo Contest

Free Annual Pass for U.S. Military

  • Available to current U.S. military members and dependents in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard and also, Reserve and National Guard members.
  • Must be obtained in person at a Federal recreation site by showing a Common Access Card (CAC) or Military ID (Form 1173).

Frequently Asked Questions about the Annual Pass for U.S. Military

2015 4th Grade Pass
September 1, 2015 - August 31, 2016 - 4th Grade Pass

Patrick Toth - Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve-Share the Experience Photo Contest

Annual 4th Grade Pass

  • Available to U.S. 4th graders (including home-schooled and free-choice learners 10 years of age) with a valid Every Kid in a Park paper pass.
  • The pass is valid for the duration of the 4th grade school year through the following summer (September-August).
  • Paper passes can be obtained by visiting the Every Kid in a Park website and can be exchanged for the Annual 4th Grade Pass at Federal recreation sites that charge Entrance or Standard Amenity fees (Day Use Fee).
  • Digital version of the paper pass (such as on smart phones or tablets) will not be accepted to exchange for an Annual 4th Grade Pass.
  • The pass is non-transferable.
  • Educators can also be involved! Learn more at the Every Kid in a Park website.

Additional Details about the Annual 4th Grade Pass

Interagency Senior Pass

Senior Pass

  • $10 Lifetime pass
  • For U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over.
  • May be obtained online, in person at a federal recreation site or through the mail using this application form. The cost of obtaining a Senior Pass through the mail or online is twenty dollars ($20). Ten ($10) for the Senior Pass and ten ($10) for processing the application. Applicants must provide documentation of age and residency or citizenship.
  • 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.
  • Generally does NOT cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessioners.
  • Note: Golden Age Passports are no longer sold. However, these passes will continue to be honored according to the provisions of the pass.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Interagency Senior Pass

Interagency Access Pass

Access Pass

  • Free
  • For U.S. citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities.
  • May be obtained in person at a federal recreation site or through the mail using this application form. The cost of obtaining an Access Pass through the mail is ten dollars ($10) for processing the application (the Pass is free). Applicants must provide documentation of permanent disability and residency or citizenship.
  • 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.
  • Generally does NOT cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessioners.
  • Note: Golden Access Passports are no longer sold. However, these passes will continue to be honored according to the provisions of the pass.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Interagency Access Pass

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2016 Interagency Volunteer Pass

Gregory Teller, 2014 Share the Experience Photo Contest

Volunteer Pass

  • Free
  • For volunteers with 250 service hours with federal agencies that participate in the Interagency Pass Program.
  • Contact your local federal recreation site for more information about volunteer opportunities or visit Volunteer.gov.

The six agencies that participate in the Interagency Pass Program are:

Pass Program Definitions