Annual and Lifetime Passes

Which pass is for me?

If you plan to visit Shenandoah National Park more than twice in a year, buy the Shenandoah Annual Pass.

If you plan to visit multiple federal recreation areas within a year, buy the America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass. This pass covers all National Park Service sites as well as National Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service sites.

If you are 62 and older and a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, buy the America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass.

If you are permanently disabled and are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, you are eligible for the free America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Access Pass.

If you are active duty U.S. military and/or a dependent, with proper military identification, you are eligible for the free Annual Pass - Military.

Annual and Lifetime Passes FAQs

Several types of passes are available. Scroll down to see each described in detail.


 
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Shenandoah Annual Pass $40

The Shenandoah Annual Pass is available to the general public and provides access to Shenandoah National Park for one full year from month of purchase. The Shenandoah Annual Pass may be signed by up to two people. The pass admits pass holder/s and passengers in a private non-commercial vehicle at per-vehicle fee areas and pass holder + 3 adults at per-person fee areas, not to exceed 4 adults. Children under 16 are admitted free. The Shenandoah Annual Pass can be obtained in person at the park.

 
2016 Annual Pass

America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass - Annual Pass - $80
This 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 a full year from month of purchase. The Annual Pass admits the pass holder/s and passengers in a private non-commercial vehicle at per-vehicle fee areas and pass holder + 3 adults, not to exceed 4 adults, at per-person fee areas. Children under 16 are admitted free. The pass is non-transferable and does not cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessioners. The Annual Pass can be obtained in person at the park, by calling 1-888-ASK USGS, Ext. 1, or via the Internet here.

 
Graphic of Senior Annual Pass

America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass - Senior Pass $10
This is a lifetime pass for U.S. citizens and permanent residents age 62 and over. The pass provides access to, and use of, federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity Fee. The pass admits the pass holder and passengers in a private non-commercial vehicle at per-vehicle fee areas and pass holder + 3 adults, not to exceed 4 adults, at per-person fee areas. Children under 16 are admitted free. The Senior Pass provides a 50% discount on some Expanded Amenity Fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, boat launch, and specialized interpretive services. In some areas where Expanded Amenity Fees are charged, only the pass holder will be given the 50% price reduction. The pass is non-transferable and generally does not cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessioners. The Senior Pass can be obtained in person at the park or by mail. For instructions to apply for the Senior Pass by mail, click here.

 
America the Beautiful Access Pass

America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass - Access Pass - Free
This is a lifetime pass for U.S. citizens and permanent residents with permanent disabilities. Documentation is required to obtain the pass. Acceptable documentation includes: statement by a licensed physician; document issued by a 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. The pass provides access to, and use of, Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity Fee. The pass admits the pass holder and passengers in a private non-commercial vehicle at per-vehicle fee areas and pass holder + 3 adults, not to exceed 4 adults, at per-person fee areas. Children under 16 are admitted free. The Access Pass provides a 50% discount on some Expanded Amenity Fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, boat launch, and specialized interpretive services. In some areas where Expanded Amenity Fees are charged, only the pass holder will be given the 50 % price reduction. The pass is non-transferable and generally does not cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessioners. The Access Pass can be obtained in person at the park or by mail. For instructions to apply for the Access Pass by mail, click here.

 
2016 Volunteer Pass

America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass - Volunteer Pass - Free
Volunteers who acquire 250 service hours on a cumulative basis are eligible for this pass. It provides access to, and use of, federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity Fee for a full year from month of award. The pass admits the pass holder and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at per-vehicle fee areas and pass holder + 3 adults, not to exceed 4 adults, at per-person fee areas. Children under 16 are admitted free. To learn about volunteer opportunities in Shenandoah National Park, click here.

 
2016 Military Pass

Annual Pass - Military
The Annual Pass for Military is a free pass for current U.S. military personnel and their dependents with proper military identification. To obtain a pass, applicants must present a Department of Defense ID (CAC Card) that identifies the person as an active duty member of the U.S. military. Dependents must present a Department of Defense ID (DD Form 1173) that identifies the dependent and his/her sponsor. The pass is available in person at National Park or Fish & Wildlife entrance stations or other facilities where passes are sold and issued. Contact your local office to determine if passes are available.

 
Pass with EKIP logo and kids playing on a beach
Every Kid in a Park Pass - National Parks and Federal Lands - Free
Fourth grade students and their families will benefit from free admission to fee-collecting parks, public lands and waters by downloading a paper pass from the "Every Kid in a Park" website.

Students should log onto the "Every Kid in a Park" website and complete the interactive activity that the National Park Service has developed in conjunction with Scholastic. Once the student completes the online activity they are able to print out a paper voucher. This paper pass can be used in lieu of the admission fee for federal lands and waters. The paper pass is good for the entire vehicle that the fourth grader arrives in, meaning the pass will cover the entire family, so long as the fourth grader is present. This pass is valid from September through August of the students 4th grade year. In addition, if the fourth grader would like to exchange their paper pass for a more durable 'keepsake' Fourth Grade Annual Pass, the entrance stations will be able to make the exchange. It is not mandatory to exchange the paper pass for the more durable pass.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Shenandoah National Park
3655 U.S. Highway 211 East

Luray, VA 22835

Phone:

(540) 999-3500
Use this phone number to contact us for all of your park inquiries!

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