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

A pass is your ticket to more than 2000 Federal Recreation sites. Each pass covers entrance fees at national parks and national wildlife refuges as well as standard amenity fees at national forests and grasslands, and at lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation. A pass covers entrance and standard amenity fees for a driver and all passengers in a personal vehicle at per vehicle fee areas (or up to 4 adults at sites that charge per person). Children age 15 and under are admitted free.

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The following 4 passes make up the series:

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

America the Beautiful Annual Pass
  • $80 annual pass
  • available to everyone
  • can be obtained in person at a Federal recreation site, online, or by calling 1-877-444-6777.
  • Non-transferable
  • NEW! Military Members and their dependents are eligible for a FREE Annual Pass. More Information

Frequently Asked Questions about the Annual Pass
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America the Beautiful – The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass – Senior Pass

America the Beautiful Senior Pass
  • $10 Lifetime pass
  • For U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over.
  • May be obtained in person at a Federal recreation site or through the mail using this application form. Visitors must provide documentation of age and residency.
  • May provide a 50 percent discount on some Expanded 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 concessionaires

Frequently Asked Questions about the Senior Pass

America the Beautiful – The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass – Access Pass

America the Beautiful 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. Visitors must provide documentation of permanent disability and residency or citizenship.
  • May provides a 50 percent discount on some Expanded 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 concessionaires.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Access Pass

America the Beautiful – The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass – Volunteer Pass

America the Beautiful Volunteer Pass
  • Free
  • For volunteers who acquire 250 service hours with the 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.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Volunteer Pass

NOTE: Golden Access and Golden Age Passports are no longer sold. However, these passes will continue to be honored according to the provisions of the pass.

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

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