America the Beautiful

The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass

 A new federal recreation pass is available that combines the benefits of existing recreation passes from five federal agencies into one comprehensive pass: “America the Beautiful – the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass.” Frequent visitors to multiple federal agency lands may save money by buying this annual pass. Plus, 90% of the purchase price goes back to federal land agencies to help them protect these national treasures for generations to come.

The new pass program was created by the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act, which Congress authorized in December 2004 and replaces the Golden Eagle, Golden Age, and the Golden Access Passports as well as the National Parks Pass. Existing passes will remain valid until expired.

The America the Beautiful: National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass (Interagency Annual Pass) is honored nationwide at National Park Service, Forest Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Bureau of Reclamation recreation sites charging day-use or entrance fees.

The basic pass terms and conditions are listed below:

  •  Cost $80
  •    Valid for 12 months from the month of purchase. Expires the last day of the month punched.
  •     Includes two signature lines and any two individuals may sign the pass. Both are considered pass holders.
  •     Admits pass holder and any accompanying passengers in a private non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee sites.
  •     At per person fee sites, admits pass holder and up to three (3) persons age 16 and older. Children 15 and younger are admitted free of charge.
  •     Photo identification may be required to verify ownership.
  •     Passes are NON-REFUNDABLE, NON-TRANSFERABLE, and cannot be replaced if lost or stolen.
  •     To plan your trip and determine if this pass is the right one for you, please contact the offices of the federal recreation sites where you plan to visit.

Other kinds of passes include:

Senior Pass -- $10 lifetime pass for U.S. citizens who are 62 years and older

Access Pass -- Free lifetime pass for permanently disabled U.S. citizens

Volunteer Pass -- Annual Pass awarded to volunteers who contribute 500 or more hours

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