Skip to main content
  1. Leisure
  2. Travel
  3. International Travel

US National Park Service rewards military members with annual free access pass

See also

The U.S. National Park Service rewards military members for their service to country by offering an annual free access pass to sites that charge entrance or standard amenity fees. According to the NPS site, the free admission, "Allows pass owner and accompanying passengers in a single, private, non-commercial vehicle to enter federally operated recreation sites across the country." If the site charges "per person" instead, the pass will cover the pass owner and three accompanying adults age 16 and older. (Note that no fee is charged for children 15 and under.)

With some park admittance fees as high as $25 for a 7-day period, free entrance is a huge incentive for military members to come and experience the parks. The non-transferable pass is available to US military members and their dependents in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard, as well as most members of the US Reserves and National Guard. With proper military ID (CAC Card or DoD Form 1173), the military member can obtain a pass at any Federal recreation site that charges entrance or standard amenity fees. The pass does not cover what is known as "expanded amenity fees" such as camping, boat launch, or interpretive fees.

With a sweet deal like this, military members should plan a visit soon to any of the National Park's crown jewels. These include such national natural wonders as: Acadia (Maine), Death Valley (California), Glacier (Montana), Grand Canyon (Arizona), Olympic (Washington), Smoky Mountains (Tennessee, North Carolina), Yellowstone (Wyoming, Montana, Idaho), Yosemite (California), and Zion (Utah).

Or avoid the crowds and be wowed by the charms of some of the lesser visited parks that include: Arches (Utah), Big Bend (Texas), Carlsbad (New Mexico), Gettysburg (Pennsylvania), Guadalupe Mountains (New Mexico), and Joshua Tree (California). The pass also covers entrance to Fish and Wildlife Service and standard amenity fees at Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation sites.

For more information see:

Please click on the "subscribe" button above to receive trendy travel-related articles as well as updates on the US National Parks.



  • Nail art
    Top 5 ways to express yourself whether your nails are short or long
    Nail Art
  • Cars
    These cars have gotten the heave-ho: Will you miss them when they’re gone?
    7 Photos
  • Spinach quiche
    Mini spinach quiche are great for party snacks or for appetizers
    7 Photos
  • Peacock Inn
    Seasonal five course tasting menu at The Peacock Inn in Princeton
    6 Photos
  • Makeup
    Is the new Wonder Woman makeup similar to Kim Kardashian's look?
    8 Photos
  • Wavy hair tips
    Grab your flat iron and start curling with it to get these beautiful waves
    7 Photos

Related Videos:

  • A Massachusetts military band member painting on display at the Florence Griswold Museum Old Lyme CT
    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//;allowfullscreen=true&amp;autoplay=1"></iframe>
  • Hot Springs National Park
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518315630" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url=""></div>
  • Waterpark comes to Boston
    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//;allowfullscreen=true&amp;autoplay=1"></iframe>