National Park Service Offers Free Annual Passes for Military

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The National Park Service offers free annual passes ($80 value) for active military and dependents.

There are some stipulations for use:

  • Only one vehicle (pass owner occupied) is covered.  The second vehicle is subject to an entrance fee.
  • The pass covers the owner and three adults (age 16 and up).  Children 15 and under are free.
  • The pass does not cover additional fees such as camping, boating, etc.
  • The pass cannot ‘loaned’ to another individual.

Note:  There is not a pass specifically for veterans, however, they usually qualify for a discounted pass.

Passes can be obtained at any federal recreation site that issues passes.  A proper military ID (Common Access Card or DD Form 1173) is required.

Lastly, the annual pass will be honored at any site that charges an entrance fee:

For more information, please visit the United States Geological Survey website.

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