FREE National Parks Pass for People / Families with Disabilities

National Parks passDid you know that a person with a permanent disability can gain free access for life to national parks, wildlife preserves and other locations? I had no idea!

The pass is usually $80 per year. The person with the disability can also bring along some friends for free! The Forest Service, the National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management and the Bureau of Reclamation all accept the pass. Other locations accept it, as well. Check the site websites or the list here for links and accepted locations. The rules and application process are all here.

You will need documentation of the disability to apply, which can be a statement signed by a doctor, a document from a federal agency or other items.

Be sure to send copies and not the original letters or documents.

About the Access Pass: The Access Pass is a free, lifetime pass available to United States citizens or permanent residents, regardless of age, that have a permanent disability. The Pass can be used at over 2000 Federal recreation sites across the nation, including National Parks, National Wildlife Refuges, and many National Forest lands. The Access Pass admits the Pass owner and any passengers traveling with him/her in a non-commercial vehicle at per-vehicle fee areas or the Pass owner and three additional adults where per-person fees are charged. The Access Pass may also offer a discount on some expanded amenity fees, such as camping.

About the Author

Rosie Reeves is a writer and mother of three; including one with special needs. She works side-by-side with her daughter’s therapists, teachers and doctors. Rosie has also served as the Los Angeles Special Needs Kids Examiner. She can be reached at Rosie is a member of the PedSafe Expert team


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