Most people know the America The Beautiful Pass because of National Parks. This pass gets you into every National Park and is $80 for one year. If you purchase a pass in May of 2023 then you would be able to use it until May of 2024. One pass covers the vehicle at sites that charge “per vehicle”. Each Annual Pass admits the pass owner and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at per-vehicle fee areas. At “per person” sites, the annual pass admits the pass owner + 3 adults, not to exceed 4 adults, where per-person fees are charged.
So Where Does It Work?
- Bureau of Land Management http://www.blm.gov
- Bureau of Reclamation http://www.usbr.gov
- Fish and Wildlife Service http://www.fws.gov
- USDA Forest Service http://www.fs.usda.gov
- National Park Service http://www.nps.gov
- US Army Corps of Engineers http://www.usace.army.mil
The National Park system includes National Monuments, National Historic Areas, and other parts of the National Park System. But there is so much more that this pass covers! The USDA Forest Service owns and operates a lot of public land as well! You can use your pass in Sedona where a ‘Red Rock Pass’ is needed since it is part of the USDA Forest Service. You can also use your pass at Saguaro Lake and other lakes that have recreation areas on National Forest land. The America The Beautiful Pass is definitely worth it!
What Type Of Pass Should I Get?
The National Park System has this beautiful chart shown below. This should help you understand what type of Interagency pass to get.
Where the Pass Does Not Work?
- State Parks
- When a permit is required
- Camping and other fees
How To Get A Pass
You can get an America the Beautiful Pass or other interagency passes at National Park Visitor Centers, at fee booths, on online at the USGS store. You can also get the America the Beautiful pass at REI but online and in store, but they do not have the other interagency passes like senior, military, etc.
Where We’ve Used The Pass This Year
We’ve used our America the Beautiful Pass so much since we got our new one in October 2022! Below are just a few of the paces we have used our pass recently.
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