Entrance Fees and Where to Get Your National Park Pass

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Wild Basin entrance station at Rocky Mountain National Park

Heading to Colorado national parks to take in the sweeping beauty of Longs Peak or the awe-inspiring view of Painted Wall? Here are the many options for national park entrance fees. The following fees are valid for 2019. Visit www.nps.gov for complete fee listings.

Rocky Mountain National Park

  • 1-Day Pass: $25/vehicle
  • 7-Day Pass: $35/vehicle
  • Annual Pass: $70

Mesa Verde National Park

  • 7-Day Pass Jan-April: $15/vehicle
  • 7-Day Pass May-Oct: $25/vehicle
  • Annual Pass: $50

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

  • 7-Day Pass: $20/vehicle
  • Annual Pass: $40

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve

  • 7-Day Pass: $25/vehicle
  • Annual Pass: $45

$80 America the Beautiful National Park Pass

The America the Beautiful National Parks pass is honored at all federally managed land units (national parks, national forests, national monuments, etc.) It’s good for a year from the month of purchase. 

$80 Senior Lifetime Pass

The best deal… national park lifetime passes for U.S. citizens age 62 and older are $80. If you have a young family, you might want to take the grandparents along on vacation. The whole car can get into the park with the senior pass and the memories created will be priceless.

Get in For Free

Active military receive free annual parks passes for themselves and their dependents when they show a military ID. Travelers under 16 years of age, as well as those visiting parks for educational or scientific purposes, also receive an entrance waiver. And if you have a permanent disability and show documentation, you get in for free and get a discount on camping. Is there a fourth grader in your family? Is there a fourth grader in your family? Visit everykidoutdoors.gov for your free pass.

Don’t fit those categories? Hit your favorite park on a free admission day. There are usually 6-10 free days every year. Check our event calendar for dates.

Where to Get a National Park Pass

Most park visitors purchase their park pass at an entrance gate as they arrive, but you can also buy a park pass in advance. Get your America the Beautiful Annual Pass at the USGS online store at store.usgs.gov/pass (shipping and handling fees apply) or at REI's online store at www.rei.com (free shipping and National Park Foundation donation). You can also pick up an America the Beautiful Annual Pass at participating REI stores. 

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