America The Beautiful - The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass
An $80.00 Annual Pass that provides access to more than 2,000 recreation areas managed by five Federal agencies, with up to 100% of the proceeds being used to improve and enhance visitor recreation services.
Anyone 16 years or older may purchase the pass; children under 16 are always admitted free. Each Annual Pass can have up to two "owners".
PLEASE be sure to call a site and verify they
are still issuing the passes BEFORE you make a special trip to obtain a
Please contact a site directly if you have a question about pass acceptance and fees.
Forest Service, the National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service,
Bureau of Land Management, and Bureau of Reclamation honor the Annual
Pass at sites where Entrance
or Standard Amenity Fee(s) are charged.
Yes. The two pass owners do not have to be related or married.
Whether you buy the pass for yourself, or as a gift, the Annual Pass is valid for 12 months from the month of purchase, expiring the last day of that month.
Each Annual Pass admits pass owner/s and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at per-vehicle fee areas; and pass owner + 3 adults, not to exceed 4 adults, where per-person fees are charged. (Children under 16 are always admitted free).
Note: Photo identification will be requested to verify pass ownership.
An Annual Pass permits entrance for two motorcycles IF the two people who sign the pass arrive at the same time on two motorcycles, regardless of the number of people on each motorcycle.
Yes, generally the pass holder and up to 3 other bicyclists can enter for free. Be sure to check with the recreation site you plan to visit before leaving because there can be differences in the way a pass is honored at different sites.
The Annual Pass does not cover Expanded Amenity fees such as camping, boat launching, parking, special tours, special permits or ferries.
Also, some facilities and activities on Federal recreation lands (including those mentioned above) are managed by private concessionaires. The concessionaires charge for their services as any private company does and the Pass is not valid for their services.
No. Due to privacy and logistical considerations, passes cannot be replaced if lost or stolen; a new Pass must be purchased.
At Federal recreation sites that don't have entrance stations you need to display your pass or show proof of pass ownership to compliance officers via one of the two following methods:
A pass can either be displayed on your rearview mirror using a free hangtag or on your dashboard with the signature side showing. Remember, the hangtag itself is only a way to display your Pass, and is not valid for entry unless it holds a valid Pass.
If you own an open-topped vehicle (jeep, motorcycle, etc.) you may obtain a free decal to attach to your vehicle that will serve as proof of payment at sites that don't have a staffed entrance station.
Refunds are not issued. Pass order confirmation letters, credit card receipts, and hangtags without Passes are not valid for entrance or use.
Generally, no. When you are making your purchase, you should carefully consider which one of the fee and pass options best suits your needs.
National Parks will ONLY upgrade entrance or use receipts from National Parks to an Annual Pass, and will NOT UPGRADE entrance or use receipts from other land management agencies. Any upgrades must be done IN PERSON AT A NATIONAL PARK, within 7 days of the original entry receipt purchase date.
Currently, the other four land management agencies (USDA FS, BLM, FWS, Reclamation) do not upgrade day-use entrance receipts to Annual passes.
No. Confirmation letters and credit card statements/receipts are not valid for entry or use.
If your pass does not arrive before your trip starts, or it arrives damaged, you can buy another pass at the first site you visit and return the pass ordered through the Internet for a refund.
If ordered through USGS Internet site (http://store.usgs.gov/pass)
please return the unsigned pass to:
USGS, Natural Science Network
DFC, Bldg. 810
Denver, CO 80225
Attn: ATB Pass Return
Phone: 888-275-8747, option 3
No. The Annual Pass does not provide discounts at Cooperating Association bookstores or on-site gift shops.
No. The Annual Pass does not cover discounts on any Expanded Amenity or Concessionaire (Concessioner) Fees such as: camping, RV hook-ups, boat launching, backcountry permits, parking at Mount Rushmore, guided cave tours at Wind Cave National Park, or parking at some historic monuments or homes.
No. The Annual Pass is valid at participating Federal recreation sites. Visit http://www.recreation.gov for more information about Federal recreation sites.