Overview of entrance requirements
All visitors MUST have
The America the Beautiful – The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Series is your ticket to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites across the United States. Passes cover entrance fees at lands managed by the National Park Service and US Fish & Wildlife Service and also standard amenity fees (day use fees) at lands managed by the US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and US Army Corps of Engineers.
More about interagency passes
Standard Entrance Pass
The entrance fee to the park is $10 for adults 16 years of age and older; children 15 and younger are free. The entrance fee provides the visitor with a 7-day entrance permit to the site. Fees must be paid with credit card as cash payments cannot be accepted. Interagency passes including the Senior, Veteran, and Military passes are honored for the cardholder accompanied by up to three others. Fees collected Memorial Day weekend to October 31.
Entrance fee to park grounds for people aged 16 and over. Kids aged 15 and younger are free. Valid for seven days. Fees collected 9am-4pm.
Annual Entrance - Park
Valid for cardholder and up to three others when cardholder is present.
2024 Free Entrance Days in the National Parks
Come experience the national parks! All National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone (other fees may apply). Mark your calendar for these entrance fee-free dates:
Fees are collected daily from Memorial Day weekend until October 31 between the hours of 9am and 4pm.
Entry passes provide access to the park grounds, historic buildings, and ranger programs. You may purchase park entry passes, aquire "America the Beautiful" passes, and use previously obtained valid passes at the park during fee collection hours. Reservations are required only for school groups and large bus groups requesting special programming by calling 603-675-2175. Certain activities such as wedding ceremonies and commercial photography may require a special use permit or short-term lease, learn more at Permits & Reservations.
Park Entry Passes
The following options are valid at Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park only. You can purchase entry passes upon arriving to the park during fee collection hours using credit cards only. To purchase a pass in advance, please visit recreation.gov. If you buy a pass online, it is strongly suggested that you print or download the confirmation material before visiting as onsite connectivity is limited and wireless internet is not available.
Seven-Day Entry Pass - $10
This pass provides park entry to anyone age 16 and older for seven days.
Kids and School Groups - FREE
Children age 15 and under are always free. There is no charge for educational groups visiting the park as part of a class from an accredited, not-for-profit educational institution. A completed Fee Waiver is needed from each school group. To learn more, visit Plan a Field Trip.
Saint-Gaudens NHP Annual Pass - $40
The pass provides the cardholder and up to three others with access to the park for one year from the month of purchase.
"America the Beautiful" Passes
National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Passes cover entrance fees at lands managed by the National Park Service including Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park along with other federal recreation sites. At this park, these passes cover the pass owner and up to three additional people. 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. Passholders must show valid photo identification (ID) with each pass. You can obtain "America the Beautiful" Passes upon arriving to the park during fee collection hours (Memorial Day weekend until October 31) using credit cards only. To order a pass anytime online, visit the USGS Store.
Interagency Annual Pass - $80
Available to all. Valid for 12 months from purchase month.
Senior Passes - $80 (lifetime) and $20 (1 year)
Available to US citizens or permanent residents ages 62 or over. Previously purchased Senior Annual Passes may be redeemed for credit towards buying a Senior Lifetime Pass.
Interagency Military Pass - FREE
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 qualify for a Military Annual Pass. US military veterans with a valid, veteran ID and Gold Star Farmilies with a valid Gold Star Family Voucher may obtain a Military Lifetime Pass. To learn more, visit Free Entrance to National Parks for Gold Star Families and Veterans.
Interagency Access Pass - FREE
Free lifetime pass available for US citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities. Applicants must provide documentation of permanent disability or complete a signed affidavit at the park.
Every Kid Outdoors 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 Outdoors paper voucher. To learn more, visit Every Kids Outdoors.
The image is a decision tree to assist people deciding which entrance pass to get. It is titled “Which Interagency Pass is Right for Me?” Text reads “America the Beautiful – The National Park and Federal Recreation Lands Pass. There are a variety of options in the interagency pass program. These passes apply to multiple agencies (see logos below) and may be obtained with appropriate ID or documentation. Funds from Pass sales help Federal agencies support high-quality experiences for visitors”
The infographic includes logos a website to “store.usgs.gov” to find more information about these passes. And includes logos of participating federal agencies, including the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It is also decorated with silhouettes of trees and a bison.
The first row of pass options includes the questions and answers:
It asks, “Are you between the ages of 16-42?” then points to an Annual pass for $80.
It asks, “Are you a federal lands volunteer that has completed 250 hours of service?” then points to a Volunteer pass for free.
Below a question asking, “Are you a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident?” there are multiple pass options:
It asks, “Are you age 62 or over?” then points to a Senior Annual pass for $20 or Senior Lifetime pass for $80.
It asks, “Are you a Gold Star Family member or veteran?” then points to a Military Lifetime pass for free.
It asks, “Do you have a medically determined permanent disability?” then points to an Access pass for free.
It asks, “Are you currently serving in the Military or a dependent?” then points to a Military Annual pass for free.
It asks, “Are you a U.S. student in the 4th grade or home-school equivalent?” then points to a 4th grade pass for free.
2024 Fee-Free Days
Mark your calendar for these entrance fee–free dates in 2024. Fee-free days throughout the National Park Service provide a great opportunity to visit a new place or an old favorite.
Wednesday, June 19
Friday, August 4
Anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act
Saturday, September 28
National Public Lands Day and Sculptural Visions Festival
How Your Fees Help the Park
Last updated: December 7, 2023