Fees & Passes

 

Your Fee Dollars at Work

By law, 80 percent of the money collected from entrance fees is used for projects that directly benefit visitors. The remaining 20 percent goes to parks that do not charge fees to help them with visitor services. Shenandoah has used fees to hire temporary staff to improve trails and lead ranger programs, to rehabilitate historic structures, and to preserve the health of the forest.
 

Entrance Fees

Vehicle - $25
Covers entry for one vehicle and passengers for seven consecutive days, beginning on the day of purchase.

Motorcycle - $20
Covers entry for one motorcycle and one passenger for seven consecutive days, beginning on the day of purchase.

Individual - $10
Per person 16 years of age or older when entering by means other than a private, non-commercial vehicle, such as bicycles; taxis and limousines providing transportation only; buses carrying passengers not on a pre-packaged tour such as school groups visiting for recreational purposes; and buses or vans registered to non-profit organizations such as churches or schools. A family traveling together shall pay no more than the vehicle fee. Valid for seven consecutive days, beginning on the day of purchase.

Shenandoah Annual Pass - $50
The Shenandoah Annual Pass provides unlimited entry for one year to the pass owner and passengers in the same vehicle. At per-person fee areas this pass covers the pass holder + 3 adults, not to exceed 4 adults. Children under 16 are admitted free.

Fee Exceptions

Fee Free Days
Entrance fees will be waived to celebrate and honor select important dates. View 2017 Fee Free Days.

Academic Fee Waivers
School groups and other approved academic institutions can obtain a waiver of entrance fees, provided the group is visiting for educational purposes and the resources the group intends to use support those purposes. Learn more about academic fee waivers.
 

Commercial Tours

Passengers Cost
1-6 $25 + $10 per passenger
7-15 $75
16-25 $100
26+ $200






A commercial tour is defined as consisting of one or more persons traveling on an itinerary that has been packaged, priced, or sold for leisure or recreational purposes by an organization that realizes financial gain through the provision of the service. The entry fees of commercial tours are based upon the total capacity of vehicles that can carry seven or more passengers regardless of the actual number of passengers. Possession of a national park passport or the ages of the passengers does not affect the price charged unless the vehicle's capacity is less than 7 passengers, excluding the driver.
 

America the Beautiful Annual and Lifetime Passes

At Shenandoah's entrance stations you can purchase an America the Beautiful Annual Pass, a Senior Pass, and obtain a free Access Pass, Military Pass for active duty military members, or 4th Grade Pass. The Annual, Senior, and Access Passes can be purchased online from the USGS Store with a $10 processing fee. Learn more about National Parks and Federal Lands passes.

At Shenandoah, these passes cover the pass holder and passengers in a private non-commercial vehicle. At per-person fee areas these passes will cover the pass holder + 3 adults, not to exceed 4 adults. Children under 16 are admitted free. The pass holder must be present with identification. We cannot look up information if any of these passes are lost or stolen and cannot accept receipts or pictures of the pass in lieu of the pass.

Annual Passes

  • America the Beautiful Annual Pass: $80
    • Eligibility: Everyone
  • Military Pass: Free
    • Eligibility: Active duty military members and dependents. Show your Common Access Card (CAC) or Military ID (Form 1173) to obtain this pass.
  • Annual 4th Grade Pass: Free
    • Eligibility: U.S. 4th graders during the school year and following summer. To obtain this pass, go to the Every Kid in a Park website and print a paper pass after completing a short activity. Bring the paper pass with you and you can exchange it for the Annual 4th Grade Pass. Digital screenshots will not be accepted. The 4th grader must be present.
  • Volunteer Pass: Free
  • Annual Passes Cover: Entrance fees at federal agencies that participate in the Interagency Pass Program, including the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
  • Annual Passes Do Not Cover or Reduce: Any amenity fees such as camping or interpretive services, and concessionaire fees.

Senior Pass

  • Lifetime Senior Pass: $80*
  • Annual Senior Pass: $20, if purchased for 4 consecutive years, these passes can be exchanged for the Lifetime Senior Pass.
  • Eligibility: U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or older. Applicants must provide documentation of age and residency or citizenship.
  • Covers: Entrance fees to federal lands (same as America the Beautiful Annual Pass). This pass may also cover a 50 percent discount on amenity fees charged for facilities and services such as camping and specialized interpretive services. Always check with you destination to learn what is covered.
  • Generally does not cover: Fees charged by concessionaires and some tour fees.
  • Purchase online or by mail: To purchase a Senior Pass online or by mail go to the USGS Store. There is an additional $10 processing fee for purchasing the Senior Pass online or by mail.
*The price of the Senior Lifetime Pass increased in August of 2017. Previously purchased passes remain valid for entrance fees and other benefits the pass provides.

Access Pass

  • Cost: Free
  • Eligibility: U.S. citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities. Applicants must provide documentation of permanent disability and residency or citizenship.
  • Covers: Entrance fees to federal lands (same as America the Beautiful Annual Pass). This pass may also cover a 50 percent discount on amenity fees charged for facilities and services such as camping and specialized interpretive services. Always check with you destination to learn what is covered.
  • Generally does not cover: Fees charged by concessionaires and some tour fees.
 

Camping Fees

Camping is a separate fee from your entrance to the park. Access and Senior Pass holders recieve 50 percent off camping fees in Shenandoah. Camping fees are $15-$20 per night, depending on which campground you stay in. Visit the camping page to learn more.

Last updated: October 25, 2017

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Shenandoah National Park
3655 U.S. Highway 211 East

Luray, VA 22835

Phone:

(540) 999-3500

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