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The Federal Recreation Pass Program

Seniors Around a Campfire

"America the Beautiful"

    

Notice: On January 1, 2007, the Golden Age and Golden Access Passport Program was replaced with the "America the Beautiful Pass Program."  Golden Age/Access Passports are still vaild at Federal Recreation Areas and do not need to be replaced unless lost or stolen.

   



America the Beautiful Senior Pass 

For persons 62 and Older
 
What is it?
The Senior Pass has replaced the Golden Age Passport.  The Senior Pass is a lifetime entrance pass to those national parks, monuments, historic sites, recreation areas, and national wildlife refuges that charge a Land and Water Conservation Fund Act (LWCFA) entrance fee. It may be used at many Federal lands such as U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Bureau of Reclamation.

The Senior Pass admits the pass holder and any accompanying passengers in a private vehicle. Where entry is not by private vehicle, the passport admits the pass holder, spouse, and children.

The Senior Pass also provides a 50% discount on federal LWCFA use fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, parking, and boat launching. It typically does not cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessionaires. In some cases, where use fees are charged, only the pass holder will be given the 50% reduction.

How do I get one?
Senior Passes may be obtained in person at any federal area where a LWCFA entrance fee is charged. Senior Passes are not available through U.S. Army Corps of Engineers facilities.  There is a one-time $10 processing charge to obtain the Senior Pass. It is available only to citizens or permanent residents of the United States who are 62 years old or older. You must show proof of age such as a state driver’s license, a birth certificate or a similar document.


America The Beautiful Access Pass

For persons Who are Blind or Permanently Disabled

What is it?
The Access Pass replaces the Golden Access Passport.  The Access Pass is a lifetime entrance pass to those national parks, monuments, historic sites, recreation areas, and national wildlife refuges that charge a Land and Water Conservation Fund Act (LWCFA) entrance fee. It may be used at many Federal lands such as U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Bureau of Reclamation.
 
The Access Pass admits the pass holder and any accompanying passengers in a private vehicle. Where entry is not by private vehicle, the passport admits the pass holder, spouse, and children.
 
The Access Pass also provides a 50% discount on federal LWCFA use fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, parking, and boat launching. It typically does not cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessionaires. In some cases, where use fees are charged, only the pass holder will be given the 50% reduction.
 
How do I get one?
Access Passes may be obtained in person at any federal area where a LWCFA entrance fee is charged. Access Passes are not available through U.S. Army Corps of Engineers facilities.  It is available only to citizens or permanent residents of the United States, regardless of age, who have been medically determined to be blind or permanently disabled. You may obtain an Access Pass by showing proof of medically determined blindness or permanent disability and eligibility for receiving benefits under federal law.