America the Beautiful – the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass or “Interagency” Annual Pass

America the Beautiful – the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass or “Interagency” Annual Pass

There are six passes in the interagency program: Annual Pass, Military Pass, Senior Pass, Access Pass, Volunteer Pass, and 4th Grade Pass. Where available, 2017 passes shown below.

 

Annual Pass

  • $80 annual pass
  • Available to everyone.
  • Provides access to, and use of, Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity Fee for a year, beginning from the date of sale. The pass admits the pass holder/s 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.
  • Can be obtained in person at a federal recreation site, or by calling 1-888-ASK USGS (1-888-275-8747), Ext. 1, or online. Buy Now
  • Non-transferable.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Interagency Annual Pass


Free Annual Pass for U.S. Military

  • Available to U.S. millitary members and dependents in the Army, navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard and also, Reserve and National Guard members.
  • Must be obtained in person at a Federal recreation site by showing a Common Access Card (CAC) or Military ID (Form 1173).

Frequently Asked Questions about the Annual Pass for U.S. Military

   

Senior Pass

  • $10 Lifetime pass.
  • For U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over.
  • The pass provides access to, and use of, Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity. 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.
  • May be obtained in person at a federal recreation site or through the mail using this application form. The cost of obtaining a Senior Pass though the mail is twenty dollars ($20)–ten ($10) for the Senior Pass and ten ($10) for processing the application. Applicants must provide documentation of age and residency or citizenship.
  • May provide a 50 percent discount on some amenity fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, boat launch, and specialized interpretive services. Only the pass holder will be given the 50 percent price reduction
  • Generally does NOT cover or reduce special recreation permit permit fees or fees charged by concessionaires.


Frequently Asked Questions about the Interagency Senior Pass


Access Pass

  • Free Lifetime pass
  • For U.S. citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities.
  • Provides access to, and use of, Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity. 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.
  • May be obtained in person at a federal recreation site or though the mail using this application form. The cost of obtaining an Access Pass though the mail is ten dollars ($10) for processing the application (the Pass is free).
  • Applicants must provide documentation of permanent disability and residency or citizenship.
  • May provide a 50 percent discount on some amenity fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, boat launching, and specialized interpretive services. Only the pass holder will be given the 50 percent price reduction
  • Generally does NOT cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessioners.
  • Non-transferable

Frequently Asked Questions about the Interagency Access Pass


Volunteer Pass

  • Free
  • For volunteers with 250 service hours with federal agencies that participate in the Interagency Pass Program.
  • Provides access to, and use of, Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity Fee for a year, beginning from the date 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.

 


4th Grade Pass (or Every Kid in a Park Pass)

  • 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.
  • 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.

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. Only paper Golden Age and Access Passports may be exchanged free of charge for new plastic passes.
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