Active-duty military personnel and their dependents can receive an America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Annual Pass for FREE (an $80 value). The pass grants them access to more than 2,000 national parks, wildlife refuges and other public lands. In partnership with many U.S. government agencies, the program is part of the Joining Forces initiative’s effort to thank service members and their families for their sacrifices. Military personnel or their dependents can pick up the FREE pass at select national park or wild refuge entrances by showing their military ID.
There are some exclusions to be aware of; for example, the pass does not cover “expanded amenity” fees like those that may be charged for camping, boat launching, parking, special tours, permits, or ferries. The pass is also not accepted at some National Parks that are operated by private companies.
Unfortunately, the program does not apply to military veterans or retirees. For more details on the program, click here.
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