National Parks Free Annual Pass for U.S. Military

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National Parks Free Annual Pass for U.S. Military


The key word is FREE.  A free annual pass to the National Parks and other federal recreational sites is available to U.S. military members and dependents in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.  Reserve and National Guard members also qualify for a free pass.

The annual passes for the U.S. Military may be obtained in person at a Federal recreational site by showing a Common Access Card (CAC) or Military ID (Form 1173).

There is no special pass for veterans.  However, a lifetime pass is available for $10 for those at age 62 or above.  Citizens with a permanent disability may qualify for a free pass.

From the website:  (

A pass is your ticket to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites. Each pass covers entrance fees at national parks and national wildlife refuges as well as standard amenity fees at national forests and grasslands, and at lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation. A pass covers entrance and standard amenity fees for a driver and all passengers in a personal vehicle at per vehicle fee areas (or up to four adults at sites that charge per person). Children age 15 or under are admitted free.

The five agencies that participate in the Interagency Pass Program are:

National Park Service

U.S. Forest Service

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Bureau of Land Management

Bureau of Reclamation



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Scott Fogleman
New Home Team 804-573-9592 - Richmond, VA
New Home Team

Roy- Had teh pleasure of visiting two National Parks last week. Well worth the cost of admission!!!

Apr 23, 2013 11:34 PM #1
Daniel Seider
BTRE Big Trees Real Estate - Arnold, CA

This week is free entrance for everybody to the national parks. No restrictions. I plan to visit the national parks this week

Apr 23, 2013 11:51 PM #2
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Roy, having a free pass to the National Parks is such a great deal for our military!   Our service men and women put their lives at risk, and deserve many great deals!

Apr 24, 2013 12:02 AM #3
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Roy, Vets deserve all this and so much more! Thanks for thinking of our Military families.

Apr 24, 2013 12:04 AM #4
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Roy,  The National Parks are something that everyone should visit as much as they can.  I think I will try to take in one or two this year.  Oh heck Yellowstone for sure.

Apr 24, 2013 12:32 AM #5
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Please share this information with families in your area.


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Apr 24, 2013 12:32 AM #6
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services Inc - Gulf Breeze, FL
Buyers Agent 800-309-3414 Pace and Gulf Breeze,Fl.

Cool Roy and as I told Suzanne as she was posting this as well, I love the parks and if they are falling down I have not noticed. But they are a great place to just enjoy

Apr 24, 2013 12:37 AM #7
Beth and Richard Witt
Long Island Cash Home Buyer - Huntington, NY
Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940

Had to stop by for my beautiful flower pictures and for sure I was not disappointed... Happy Day

Apr 24, 2013 02:14 AM #8
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor
Roy, Dave & I have one complements of his military service. We used it last year at Acadia in Maine and Assateauge in Maryland. We hope to use it again this summer.
Apr 24, 2013 07:08 AM #9
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Hello Roy,

What a wonderful program, this one had better not be subject to budget cuts!

Apr 24, 2013 09:21 AM #10
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Agent

Roy~ Great information to share. Thank you for educating all of us!

Apr 24, 2013 10:06 AM #11
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

I've had my free pass for years.  Love it for exploring my favorite local spot Occoquan Bay Wildlife Refuge.

Apr 24, 2013 10:24 AM #12
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Roy, I am going to re-blog this for residents in my area. We have so many military families. Thanks!!


Apr 24, 2013 10:38 AM #13
Michelle Carr-Crowe Just Call 408-252-8900 Top 1%!
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

I hope all of the military personnel and their families see this post.

Apr 24, 2013 02:13 PM #14
Malcolm Johnston
Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario - Trenton, ON
Trenton Real Estate

Wow, that's a great little perk for military personnel and their families. If I were one, I'd definitely take advantage of that Roy.

Apr 24, 2013 11:31 PM #15
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks so much for your comments.  Please share this information with your circles of contacts.


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Apr 25, 2013 12:02 AM #16
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County

Good info here. Will pass this along for my son and his family.

Apr 26, 2013 01:01 AM #17
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566
Another reblog with this prelude....What a great idea. There are over 2,000 Federal Recreation Sites. What a well deserved gift for our Military. Plus, what a fair lifetime pass fee for Seniors. Looking for something to do? Here's a lifetime list of places and events that you could never finish seeing and enjoying with your family.
Apr 29, 2013 12:44 PM #18
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Your comments and your continued support are very much appreciated.

May 12, 2017 03:11 AM #22
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

It is sometimes a good idea to revisit old blogs and reblogs. We might even find some good ideas for new posts.

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