As a bonus, it’s actually more than just national parks. These five agencies also participate:
- National Park Service
- U.S. Forest Service
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
- Bureau of Land Management
- Bureau of Reclamation
- US Military Members and their dependents
- Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, US Reserves, National Guard Members
Where do I get it?
- You have to obtain it IN PERSON. You cannot order it online unfortunately. They offer it at Federal recreation sites that charge entrance or standard amenity fees. So pretty much any place you can get a regular pass, you can get this pass.
- If you want a full list of locations that you can pick up your pass, click HERE
What ID should I show?
- Preferably your CAC card or DoD Form 1173. I actually didn’t have my CAC or Form 1173 military ID when I got mine, but I did have my orders with me and that worked just fine. Orders have to be over 30 days.
- After obtaining your “America the Beautiful” pass, you must bring photo ID along with the free annual pass to get in
What does it cover?
- It covers the entrance fee and amenity fees for your vehicle or up to 4 people including you. Children 15 and under get in for free and don’t count toward the 4 people limit.
- HERE is a FAQ about the military pass if you have other questions
How long does the pass last?
- 12 months (one year)
So if you like to fish, hunt, camp, boat, hike, pretty much anything outdoors, this pass could be awesome to have. I’ll have to admit that I’ve actually only used it twice this past year, but having it saved me over $40. A regular annual pass will cost you $80. I used it at Lake Powell and Sunset Crater near Flagstaff.
There are also many days that have free entrance for veterans and the public. Some examples include:
- January (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)
- February (Presidents Day weekend)
- April (opening weekend of National Park Week)
- August (National Park Service Birthday)
- September (National Public Lands Day)
- November (Veterans Day Weekend)
- To learn more about how the National Park Service honors Veterans click HERE