Recreation Passes & Permits

Beartooth Butte and Lake in the Shoshone National Forest, located in northwest Wyoming along the east boundary of Yellowstone National ParkNational recreation passes cover entrance fees found at federal recreation areas such as national parks and US Fish & Wildlife Service national wildlife refuges. They also cover the use of facilities and services at many day-use sites on US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands. There are several pass options to consider. 

Interagency Passes

*Buy passes online at the US Geological Service or at your nearest national forest office.

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4th Grade Interagency Pass - Free for current 4th grade students.

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Interagency Annual Pass ($80) -  For anyone to purchase, valid for 12 months. 

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Interagency Senior Lifetime Pass ($80) -  For those age 62 or older. Valid for the lifetime of the passholder.

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Interagency Annual Senior Pass ($20) - For those age 62 or older. Valid for one year from month of purchase. A Senior Annual Pass may be applied towards the purchase of a Senior Lifetime Pass. 

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Interagency Access Pass (Free)  -  For those with a permanent disability.

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Interagency Annual Military Pass (Free) - Available for active military personel, or their dependents. Valid for 12 months.

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Interagency Volunteer Pass - The pass can be issued free of charge to a U.S. citizen or permanent resident who individually accrues 500 volunteer hours. Available through agency volunteer program coordinators. Work with your local forest volunteer coordinator.

Why are Recreation Fees Charged?

More and more people recreate in national forests and grasslands every year. Meeting the increasing needs of these visitors, delivering quality recreation, heritage and wilderness opportunities, and protecting natural resources has become challenging.

To help address this issue, President Bush signed the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (REA) in December, 2004. The Act permits federal land management agencies to continue charging modest fees at campgrounds, rental cabins, high-impact recreation areas and at day-use sites that have certain facilities. 100% of the revenue generated by these fees is retained by the national forests and grasslands to help fund the operation, maintenance, and enhancement of recreation facilities, visitor services, and the protection, and rehabilitation of natural resources.

How Do I Decide?

To help you choose a pass, think about how often and where you go for your recreation activities. If you plan to recreate in many different spots across the nation, an Interagency Annual Pass may be your best value. You may also qualify for one of the Interagency Lifetime Passes (Interagency Senior or Access Pass).

Interagency Passes are honored at Forest Service sites charging fees for use of many developed day-use recreation sites; which may include picnic sites, low developed boat ramps, and trailheads. Interagency Passes may also provide discounts for camping at campgrounds operated by the US Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management and/or concessionaires.

Interagency Recreation Pass Frequently Asked Questions.