Recreation Passes & Permits

Interagency Annual Recreation Pass

Interagency Annual Recreation PassCost: $80.00 This pass is available to the general public and 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 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). The pass can be obtained in person at any of the Helena National Forest offices, the park, or by calling 1-888-ASK-USGS, Ext. 1, or via the Internet at http://store.usgs.gov/pass. Good for one year from date of purchase. For more information on the Annual Recreation Pass click here.

Interagency Senior Recreation Pass

Interagency Senior Recreation PassCost: $10.00 This is a 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). The pass can only be obtained in person at one of the Helena National Forest offices or the park. The Senior pass provides a 50 percent discount on some Expanded Amenity Fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, boat launch, and specialized interpretive services. In some cases where Expanded Amenity Fees are charged, only the pass holder will be given the 50 percent reduction. The pass in non-transferable and generally does NOT cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessionaires. For more information on the Senior Pass click here.

Interagency Access Recreation Pass

Interagency Access Recreation PassCost: Free This is a lifetime pass for U. S. citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities. Documentation is required to obtain the pass. Acceptable documentation includes: statement by a licensed physician; document issued by Federal agency such as the Veteran’s Administration, Social Security Disability Income or Supplemental Security Income; or document issued by a State agency such as a vocational rehabilitation agency. 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). The pass can only be obtained in person at one of the Helena National Forest offices or the park. For more information on the Access Pass click here.

Interagency Military Recreation Pass

Interagency Military Recreation PassCost: Free This is an annual pass for U. S. citizens or permanent residents who are active military personnel and their dependents. Documentation is required to obtain the pass. Acceptable documentation includes: a Department of Defense Common Access Card (CAC) - Geneva Conventions Identification Card that verifies that person is an active member of the US military. To verify dependent, the applicant must submit a Department of Defense Uniformed Services Identification Card - DD Form 1173 that identifies the dependent and his/her sponsor. The pass is honored nationwide at all Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and US Fish & Wildlife Service sites charging entrance or standard amenity fees and is valid for 12 months from the month of issue. It expires the last day of the month punched. Pass will be issued through December 2013. The Interagency Annual Military Pass has two signature lines and can be signed by another active military member or dependent at any time. Both are considered pass holders. Admits pass holder and any accompanying passengers in a private non-commercial vehicle. At per-person fee areas, admits pass holder and up to 3 persons. Persons 15 and younger are admitted free of charge.The pass can only be obtained in person at one of the Helena National Forest offices or the park. For more information on the Military Pass click here.

Former program passes:

  • Golden Eagle Passport and National Parks Pass and Golden Eagle Hologram – These passes have been discontinued and replaced by the America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass – Annual Pass.
  • Golden Age Passport – This pass has been discontinued and replaced by the America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass – Senior Pass.
  • Golden Access Passport – This pass has been discontinued and replaced by the America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass – Access Pass.

All valid National Parks Passes, Golden Eagle, Golden Eagle Hologram, Golden Access and Golden Age Passports 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.

For recreational opportunities offered by Federal agencies please see http://www.recreation.gov/index.jsp.

Notes of interest

  • A private vehicle is defined as any noncommercial vehicle that is being used for private recreation.
  • The Annual pass does not include overnight camping, developed boat launches and swimming sites, specialized interpretive services or concessioner services. However, concessioners may honor the Senior/Access Passes if included in the terms of their current permit.
  • At sites charging per person fees, the 50% discount will be given to the pass owner only. Examples include cave tours or elevator services.
  • The Annual, Senior, and Access Passes may not be valid for facility or equipment rental fees; cabins; lookouts; day/overnight group sites; special conservation programs; managed off-highway vehicle areas; optional transportation systmes; reservation services; specialized equi8pment such as hookups for water, electricity, cable, sewer or sanitary dump stations; or permits of any kind.