National Parks Pass

September 24, 2006

A National Parks Pass costs $50 and is valid for one year. It gives the user free admission to any national park that charges an entrance fee.

If a park has a per-vehicle entrance fee, the pass admits all passengers in the vehicle. If the park charges a per-person fee, the pass admits the pass signee, spouse, children and parents. It does not cover camping, parking, tour and concession fees.

Citizens and permanent U.S. residents age 62 and older may purchase the Golden Age Passport for $10.

In addition to free lifetime admission to national parks, the pass offers a 50 percent discount on federal-use fees for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, parking, boat launching and tours.

Lifetime admission is free to the blind and permanently disabled who use the Golden Access Passport.

Both passes must be purchased in person and are available wherever the National Parks Pass is sold.


Locally, access to some parks is free, while others charge a nominal fee.

It costs $4 per person or $6 per family for a three-day pass to visit the museum and see the film at Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg.

It costs $6 per vehicle for a three-day pass to get into Harpers Ferry (W.Va.) National Historical Park. The fee for people arriving by foot, bicycle or motorcycle is $4 per person. Two people on a motorcycle will be charged a total of $6.

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