What Are the Benefits of a National Parks Golden Pass?


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The benefits of a National Parks Golden Access Pass include lifetime free access for the cardholder to any of the National Parks and other federally managed recreation areas that have entrance fees and 50 percent off the regular price at federal government-operated campgrounds. All accompanying guests in a private vehicle with the card holder also receives free entrance to the parks. The National Parks Golden Pass is available to United States citizens with a documented permanent disability.

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The National Parks Golden Access Pass can be obtained online at the U.S. Geological Survey's America the Beautiful website or at any National Parks fee area. Guests interested in the pass must be eligible to receive disability benefits from a federal government agency, although the person does not need to be receiving the benefits at the time of application.

National Parks Golden Access Pass holders will receive a 50 percent at campgrounds maintained by the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Army Corps of Engineers and National Forest Service. Tour fees, such as the cave tours at Wind Cave National Park and Jewel Cave National Monument, are also discounted by 50 percent. These discounts are for the pass holder only and does not extend to family members.

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