Recreation Passes & Permits Introduction

2024 Interagency Annual Pass 2024 Interagency Lifetime Military Pass2024 Interagency 4th Grade Pass - EKO 2024 Interagency Military Annual Pass 2024 Interagency Annual Card Image2024 Interagency Senior Annual Pass 2024 Interagency Lifetime Senior Pass 2024 Interagency Access Pass 2024 Interagency Volunteer Pass
 

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

Each pass covers entrance fees at lands managed by the National Park Service and US Fish & Wildlife Service and standard amenity fees (day use fees) at lands managed by the US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and US Army Corps of Engineers.

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In 2024, all passes will have one signature line for a single passholder. A pass covers entrance, day use fees, standard amenity fees and expanded amenity fees for the pass owner and all occupants in a personal vehicle at sites that charge per vehicle or, the pass owner and up to three additional adults (16 and over) at sites that charge per person. Children ages 15 or under are admitted free.

To find a location near you that issues these interagency passes, search the list of all federal recreation sites where the passes are issued, including national parks. In addition to getting one of the Interagency Passes in person at national parks and other federal recreation sites, many of the America the Beautiful - The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands (Interagency) Passes are available to order from the USGS Online Store (allow at least three weeks for order processing and delivery). Please visit the USGS Online Store for detailed information about how to purchase a pass online and whether purchasing a pass now is the right decision for you.

Please remember when making your purchase that Interagency Passes are non-refundable, non-transferable, cannot be extended and cannot be replaced if lost or stolen. Passholders must show valid photo identification (ID) with each pass.

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Image designed by the National Park Service

Annual Pass

2024 Interagency Annual Pass
The 2024 Interagency Annual Pass

Photo on the pass by Paulette Donnellon, 2023 Share the Experience Photo Contest Grand Prize Winner

Cost: $80 annual pass

Available for: Everyone

How to purchase:

Additional Information:

  • Find detailed information about this pass on the USGS Online Store's Annual Pass and Frequently Asked Questions webpages.
  • This pass is non-transferable to another person.
  • New in 2024, the Annual Pass will have one signature line for a single passholder. This change is necessary to address issues of consistency with other interagency passes, reduce fraudulent misuses, and allow for increased program flexibility.
  • Motorcycles are treated the same as passenger vehicles, so each motorcycle will be required to have a passholder and pass on board. This standardizes how motorcycles are treated for all pass types. One pass will allow in one motorcycle.
  • Passes cover entrance fees or standard amenity day use fees for the pass owner and accompanying passengers in a private vehicle. For areas that charge a per-person fee, the pass admits the passholder and three adults (16 and older).
  • All 2023 passes will continue to be honored until expired.

Military Annual Pass

The 2024 Military Annual Pass
The 2024 Interagency Pass - Military Annual Pass

Photo on the pass by Paulette Donnellon, 2023 Share the Experience Photo Contest Grand Prize Winner

Cost: Free

Available for:

  • Current US military members and their dependents in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and Space Force, as well as Reserve and National Guard members. Please check photo ID requirements before arriving.

How to get:

Additional Information:

Military Lifetime Pass

The 2024 Military Lifetime Pass
The 2024 Interagency Pass - Military Lifetime Pass

Photo on the pass by Paulette Donnellon, 2023 Share the Experience Photo Contest Grand Prize Winner

Cost:Free

Available for:

  • Gold Star Families with a valid Gold Star Family Voucher
  • US military veterans with a valid, veteran ID

How to get:

Additional Information:

4th Grade Pass

2024 Interagency Volunteer Annual
The September 1, 2023 - August 31, 2024 - 4th Grade Pass

Photo on the pass taken at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (Interagency Pass Working Group Design).

Cost: Free pass valid for the duration of the 4th grader's school year though the following summer (September-August)

Available for: US 4th graders, including home-schooled and free-choice learners 10 years of age, with a valid Every Kid Outdoors paper voucher

How to get:

  • Step 1: Get a paper voucher by visiting the Every Kid Outdoors website and following the instructions.
  • Step 2: Exchange a printed voucher for the Annual 4th Grade Pass at federal recreation sites that charge entrance or standard amenity fees (day use fee). Find a location to pick up this pass at a federal recreation site.
  • NOTE: Digital versions of the paper voucher, such as on smart phones or tablets, are not accepted to exchange for an Annual 4th Grade Pass.

Additional Information:

Senior Pass

The Interagency Senior Lifetime Pass and the 2023 Interagency Senior Annual Pass stacked. Photo on the IA Senior Lifetime Pass is by Lori Wilkinson. Photo on the 2023 IA Senior Annual Pass is by Paulette Donnellon.
The Interagency Senior Lifetime Pass and the 2023 Interagency Senior Annual Pass.

Photos on the passes are by Lori Wilkinson, Yellowstone National Park (top) and Paulette Donnellon, 2023 Share the Experience Photo Contest Grand Prize Winner (bottom).

Cost:

  • $80 Lifetime Senior Pass
  • $20 Annual Senior Pass

Available for: US citizens or permanent residents ages 62 or over. Applicants must provide documentation of age and residency or citizenship.

How to purchase:

Additional Information:

  • Find detailed information about this pass on the USGS Store's Senior Lifetime PassSenior Annual Pass, and Frequently Asked Questions webpages.
  • The Senior Pass 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.
  • The Senior Pass generally does NOT cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessioners.
  • Golden Age Passports are no longer sold. However, these passes are still honored according to the provisions of the pass.
  • Passes may not be purchased as gifts since eligible recipient must show proof of eligibility.

Access Pass

2024 Interagency Access Lifetime
The 2024 Interagency Access Pass

Photo on the pass Steven Koehler, Yellowstone National Park

Cost: Free lifetime pass

Available for: US citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities. Applicants must provide documentation of permanent disability and residency or citizenship.

How to get:

Additional Information:

  • Find detailed information about this pass on the USGS Store's Access Pass and Frequently Asked Questions webpages.
  • Find Frequently Asked Questions about this and other interagency passes on the USGS Store's website.
  • The Access Pass 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.
  • The Access Pass generally does NOT cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessioners.
  • Golden Access Passports are no longer sold. However, these passes are still honored according to the provisions of the pass. Passes may not be purchased as gifts since eligible recipient must show proof of eligibility.
  • Passes may not be purchased as gifts since eligible recipient must present proof of eligibility.

Volunteer Pass

2024 Interagency Volunteer Annual
The 2024 Interagency Volunteer Pass

Photo on the pass by Paulette Donnellon, 2023 Share the Experience Photo Contest Grand Prize Winner

Cost: Free annual pass

Available for: Volunteers with 250 service hours with federal agencies that participate in the Interagency Pass Program

How to get: Volunteers should contact their volunteer coordinator for more information.

Additional Information:

  • Find Frequently Asked Questions about this and other interagency passes on the USGS Store's website.
  • The Volunteer Pass is valid for 12 months from the date of issue.
  • Contact your local federal recreation site for more information about volunteer opportunities or visit Volunteer.gov.

Fee-Free Days

The Forest Service waives recreation fees at most day-use sites on lands managed by the agency. Participation by concession-operated sites may vary. The 2024 dates are:

More Information

These six agencies participate in the Interagency Pass Program:

For more information about the terms used (for example, "non-commercial vehicle" or "pass owner," see Pass Program Definitions on the USGS website.

 

Key information

America the Beautiful Brochure

The USGS Store provides Frequently Asked Questions about Recreational Passes. For more information about permits and passes, see our national Recreation Fees and Passes website.

* The entrance fee waiver does not cover concessionaire or permit fees for some activities such as hunting, fishing or special tours.

Regional Recreation Passes

Wherever you live in Southern California, you're just a short drive away from a spectacular wildlands adventure—recreating in the Angeles, Cleveland, Los Padres, and San Bernardino National Forests! If you plan to visit one or more of the four National Forests in Southern California, you may want to consider an Adventure Pass.

New Vendor Map

You will find locations and resources for obtaining forest passes and permits from Forest Service Vendor Locations. Click here to open the New Vendor Map in a separate tab

Recreation Permits

The Forest Service may require recreation permits when extra measures are needed to protect natural or cultural resources, to restrict the number of people participating in the activity at any one time, to provide extra safety or for other specialized services. These permits may be issued to individuals as "Special Recreation Permits." Examples are:

  • Off-highway vehicle riding
  • Boating on designated Wild and Scenic Rivers
  • Rock climbing
  • Wilderness areas that have limited access
  • Shooting ranges
  • Groomed cross-country ski trails

Please contact the nearest Forest Service office for information about permits that may be required in that area.