For many who explore America's public lands and waters, Site Passes can be a convenient way to visit these special places. Site Passes for dozens of destinations across the country can be purchased on Recreation.gov to cover entrance, standard amenity (day use), or recreation fees for that individual location.
Visitors are commenting on the convenience of receiving these site passes directly in their email, which can be displayed from their smart device or printed and presented upon arrival. There are just a few things to keep in mind as you select a pass that is right for your travel plans. Follow the tips below to make the right choice for you.
Site Passes are available for dozens of locations!
Site Passes are the best option for visiting a single location
Whether you're planning one trip or coming back multiple times a year, check to see if the location your visiting offers Site Passes. These passes cover entrance, standard amenity (day use), or special activity fees at a single federal recreation location. While the America the Beautiful – the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass series offer unlimited visits to multiple destinations across the country, Site Passes provide a location-specific alternative for daily, weekly, seasonal, or annual access with pricing options for individuals, motorcycles, and cars.
Site Passes are also fully digital and deliver the convenience of instant access and the ability to easily download the pass on your phone or tablet. Site Passes can be purchased online at the same time as your camping reservation, in advance of your trip as a standalone item to prepare for your visit, and, in some instances, on the day-of your trip by finding the Recreation.gov Site Pass posters for that location with a scannable QR code.
Visit the Buy a Pass page to learn more about your options and find the right pass for your next trip!
Dry Tortugas National Park (Adam Jewell, Share Your Experience)
Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida
Mostly an open-water park with seven small islands, Dry Tortugas National Park is home to one of the nation's largest 19th century forts, the magnificent Fort Jefferson. This park is located 70 miles (112.6 km) west of Key West and is only accessible by boat or seaplane.
You can purchase a seven-day Site Pass for $15, which covers the entrance fee for up to seven consecutive days. Once you arrive, you can enjoy plenty of water-based activities; explore Garden Key where Fort Jefferson, the visitor center and campgrounds are located; and participate in a ranger-led program.
Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, Georgia
A visit to Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park takes you to a storied past in American history. The role this area played in the Civil War was significant and part of the Atlanta Campaign of 1864, during which the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain was fought.
This day-use park features a visitor center where you will find information, a short orientation film, exhibits and a bookstore. You will also find monuments, historical markers, cannon emplacements, and 22 miles (35.4 km) of hiking trails. There are also special programs available on the weekends. A Site Pass covers the entrance fee into the park.