Federal Recreational Lands Passes

Some 30 national wildlife refuges  charge visitors a nominal entrance fee (generally $3-$5 daily)  to cover road and facility maintenance.  If you are a regular visitor or would like to visit other public lands, you could save by buying an America the Beautiful Federal Recreational Lands Passes, your ticket to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites.

Each pass covers entrance fees at national parks and national wildlife refuges as well as standard amenity fees (day use fees) at national forests and grasslands and at lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. A pass covers entrance, standard amenity fees and day use fees for a driver and all passengers in a personal vehicle at per-vehicle fee areas (or up to four adults at sites that charge per person). Children age 15 or under are admitted free.

See a list of all federal recreation sites, including national wildlife refuges, where the passes are issued.

Types of Passes and Fees

Annual Pass 

Cost: $80 annual pass

Available for: Everyone, non-transferable

Purchase:  In person at a federal recreation site (see list of federal recreation sites that issue passes). By phone at: 888-ASK USGS (1-888-275-8747), extension 3. (Hours of operation are: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mountain Time). Or buy online through the USGS store.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Interagency Annual Pass (USGS website)

Free Annual Pass for U.S. Military

Cost: Free annual pass

Available for: Current U.S. military members and dependents in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard as well as Reserve and National Guard members.

How to obtain: In person at a federal recreation site (see list of federal recreation sites that issue passes) by showing a Common Access Card (CAC) or Military ID (Form 1173).

Frequently Asked Questions about the Annual Pass for U.S. Military (USGS website)

Senior Pass

Cost:  $80 Lifetime Senior Pass or $20 Annual Senior Pass

Available for: U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over. Applicants must provide documentation of age and residency or citizenship. How to purchase: In person at a federal recreation site (see list of federal recreation sites that issue passes). Online: Buy the lifetime pass or the annual pass online now through the USGS store! Or purchase by mail using this application form.

NOTE: There is an additional cost of $10 for passes purchased online or by mail.

Additional information: The Senior Pass provides a 50 percent discount on some amenity fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, boat launch and specialized interpretive services.

Access Pass

Cost:  Free

Available for: U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States who have been medically determined to have a permanent disability.(This need not be a 100 percent disability.)

How to acquire: In person at a federal recreation site (see list of federal recreation sites that issue passes). Buy online through the USGS store. Or purchase by mail using this application form.

NOTE: There is a cost of $10 for passes purchased online or by mail.

Additional information: The lifetime Access Pass provides a 50 percent discount on some amenity fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, boat launch, and specialized interpretive services.

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