Men and women serving in the U.S. military — Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and activated National Guard and Reserves — can obtain the new military version of the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Annual Pass.
The pass, which is free to all active military and their dependents, grants free admission at sites that charge entrance or standard amenity fees. This includes sites operated by the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Reclamation, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Army Corps.
The pass does not cover or provide a discount on expanded amenity fees such as camping.
“Our nation owes a debt of gratitude to our service men and women who make great sacrifices and put their lives on the lines to protect our country and preserve our freedom,” said Ken Salazar, U.S. secretary of the Interior. “In recognition of their contributions and service, we are putting out a welcome mat for these brave men and women and their families at America’s most beautiful and storied sites.”
Military members and their dependents can pick up a pass at any national park or wildlife refuge that charges an entrance fee. Members must show a current, valid military identification card to obtain their pass. The pass is also available to dependents of active duty personnel.
Where there are entrance fees, the pass covers the owner and accompanying passengers in a single, private, non-commercial vehicle at recreation sites that charge per vehicle. At sites where per-person entrance fees are charged, it covers the pass owner and three accompanying adults age 16 and older. There is no entry fee for children 15 and under.
While the pass is not available to veterans and retirees, many of these individuals are eligible for other discounted passes, such as the Senior Pass, granting lifetime access to U.S. citizens over 62 for $10, and the Access Pass granting free lifetime access for permanently disabled U.S. citizens.
For more information on the pass, visit: http://store.usgs.gov/pass/index.html.