America The Beautiful – The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Series

Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe

—By Meech—

Ok ok, I know we live in one of the most beautiful places in the world and you can’t deny that our backyard is something right out of National Geographic magazine, yet why not venture out of Tahoe area and see what other spectacular places there are to explore. Well, now is the time many are taking advantage of this especially nice weather and getting a head start on the outdoors—and so can you!

Great Fountain Geyser, Yellowstone National Park

America the Beautiful – The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass, is giving you a great opportunity to do just that. Get outdoors and check out more that 2, 000 federal recreation sites with this awesome pass.

This pass covers entrance and standard amenity fees for a driver and passengers in a personal vehicle at per vehicle fee areas, or up to four adults at sites that charge per person. Children 15 and younger are free. Below is a list of different passes available. Now is the time to get outside!


Annual Pass
$80 annual pass – available to everyone
Can be obtained in person at a federal recreation site, or by calling 1-888-ASK-USGS (1-888-275-8747), ext. 3 (Hours of operation are; 8am – 4pm mt), or online. Passes are non-transferable.

Lower Antelope Canyon, Navajo Nation Parks

Free Annual Pass for U.S. Military
Available to U.S. military members and dependants in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard and also, Reserve and NAtional Guard Members. Must be obtained at a Federal recreation site by showing a Common Access Card or Military ID.

Access Pass
Free For U.S. citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities.

Half Dome, Yosemite National Park

Access Pass
$10 Lifetime pass
For U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over.

Volunteer Pass
FreeFor volunteers with 250 service hours with federal agencies that participate in the Interagency Pass Program. Contact your local federal recreation site for more information about volunteer opportunities or visit


The five agencies that participate in the Interagency Pass Program are:

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