Do you know all the options?
The America The Beautiful pass is our ticket to more than 2000 National Parks and Federal recreational lands. The pass grants entry for the driver and all passengers in a personal vehicle (or up to four adults at sites that charge per person). Children 15 and under are admitted free. Depending upon which statistic you lean on, Blacks specifically make up less than 5% of National Park visitors though this demographic makes up approximately 14% of the U.S. population. Representation matters so let’s learn about these pass options and increase visitorship in our parks. Here’s a breakdown of the pass options:
The Annual pass which is available to everyone costs $80 and is valid for one year from the date of purchase.
The free annual Military pass is available to current U.S. military members and their dependents in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast guard, Space Force, Reserve and National Guard, U.S. veterans, and Gold Star family members. If you obtain a Military pass online there’s an additional $10 charge.
4th Grade Pass:
The free 4th Grade pass is available for the duration of the 4th grader’s school year through the following summer (September-August). It’s available for U.S. 4th graders including home-schooled and free-choice learners 10 years old with a valid Every Kid Outdoors paper pass.
The Senior pass is available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents 62 and over. This pass costs $80 for a lifetime pass and $20 for an annual pass. If you obtain a Senior pass online or via mail there’s an additional $10 charge.
The free lifetime Access pass is available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities. If you obtain an Access pass via mail there’s an additional $10 charge.
The free annual Volunteer pass is available for volunteers with 250 service hours with federal agencies that participate in the Interagency Pass program.
For complete details on these passes visit the NPS website.