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Free U.S. Federal Parks and Recreation Access Pass for Persons with Disabilities

Outline: Each pass covers entrance fees at national parks and national wildlife refuges as well as standard amenity fees.

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What is the U.S. Parks Disability Access Pass?

The Federal Parks and Recreation Access Pass is available at no cost to U.S.citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities. A 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 4 adults at sites that charge per person). Children age 15 and under are admitted free. Passes also include an Annual Pass, Senior Pass, Access Pass, and a Volunteer Pass.

At many sites the Access Pass provides the pass owner a discount on Expanded Amenity Fees (such as camping, swimming, boat launching, and guided tours).

Who qualifies for the Access Pass?

An impressive waterfall tumbling down from a vertical rock face in Yosemite National Park America - Photo by Laurel Balyeat on Unsplash.
An impressive waterfall tumbling down from a vertical rock face in Yosemite National Park America - Photo by Laurel Balyeat on Unsplash.

The Access Pass may be issued to U.S. citizens or permanent residents of any age that have been medically determined to have a permanent disability that severely limits one or more major life activities.

A permanent disability is a permanent physical, mental, or sensory impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, such as caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working. If I am partially disabled do I qualify for the Access Pass

The disability requirements for the Access Pass are not based on percentage of disability. To qualify for the Pass the disability must be permanent and limit one or more major life activities.

How Do I Prove I am Permanently Disabled?

Some examples of acceptable documentation include:

Where Can I Use My Access Pass?

The Forest Service, the National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Bureau of Reclamation honor the Access Pass at sites where Entrance or Standard Amenity Fees are charged.

In addition, the Corps of Engineers and Tennessee Valley Authority may honor the Access Pass for entrance or camping discounts.

Are Golden Access Passports Still Valid?

Golden Age Passports are valid for a lifetime however, if they physically wear out you will need to obtain a replacement Access Pass with proper identification.

Can My Permanently Disabled Child Get an Access Pass?

Yes. There is not an age requirement for this pass.

Where Can I Get an Access Pass or Replacement Card?

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