The Access Pass is a lifetime pass that provides disabled U.S. citizens an affordable and convenient way to access Federal recreational lands. In many cases the Pass provides the card holder FREE entry, such as at National Parks. In other cases, it provides the card holder a discount, such as reduced fees at Bureau of Land Management (BLM) campsites.
Attention Disabled Veterans
I was first introduced to the Access Pass as a benefit for Disabled Veterans. I filled out the paperwork and got my card many years ago and have carried it in my wallet ever since. However, it hasn’t been until recently that I have actually used it. Now that I have, I wish I would have used it years ago. The Pass is not just for Disabled Veterans but for any U.S. Citizen that is permanently disabled (This doesn’t mean 100% disabled, just that your disability is permanent).
Free Admission to National Parks
I have shown my card and have gained free admission to Sand Dunes National Park, Mesa Verde National Park, Arches National Park, and Canyonlands National Park. Several of which I have visited multiple days. Already the Pass has saved me $150.00 in admission fees this summer. Did I mention that this pass is a LIFETIME PASS!
Discounts on Expanded Amenity Fees
I have also used my pass at several BLM campsites. Unfortunately, it does not make the campsite free, but it cuts the cost down to half. As an example, while I was visiting Canyonlands National Park, I camped at Horsethief where the cost was $20.00 a night. With my Pass it cost me only $10.00 a night. Which saved me $20.00 over the course of two nights.
How Much Does the Access Pass Cost?
The cost of obtaining a card through the USGS is ten $10.00. The Pass itself is free, but there is a $10.00 fee for processing the application. Applicants must provide documentation proof of residency and documentation of permanent disability. If you cannot order a card online, you can submit a paper application by mail to the USGS using the paper application and enclosing the same supporting documents and $10 fee.
Avoid the $10.00 Processing Fee
You can avoid paying the $10.00 processing fee by visiting one of the many Federal Recreations Sites that issues passes. For a complete list of sites, click here.
Access Pass Benefits
Provides free entrance or access to pass owner and accompanying passengers in a single, private, non-commercial vehicle at over 2,000 Federal recreations sites managed by five Federal agencies across the country. Provides the pass owner a discount on Expanded Amenity Fees (such as camping, swimming, boat launching, and guided tours) at many sites.
How to get an Access Pass
You can order a pass online at the USGS Website, mail in a paper application, or you can visit any Federal Recreation Site that issues passes on site. Choose your option below and get your Card Today! No matter the route you choose to obtain a card, you may want to download a copy of the paper application for an outline of accepted documentation to meet the requirements.
Order your card online through the USGS Website. Processing Fee $10.00
Obtain a copy of the Paper Application to mail in. Processing Fee $10.00
Download a list of Federal Sites to Obtain a Card in Person. No Processing Fee.