If you love spending time on national parks and forests, you may be familiar with the America the Beautiful Interagency Pass, which gives you access to more than 2,000 recreation areas on public land managed by five federal agencies for $80 a year.
But what you may not know is that 95% of that fee, or $76, stays where you purchase the pass to support the recreation program and enhance the visitor experience. In other words, fans of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) can purchase their Interagency Passes at any SFNF office and see real benefits at campgrounds and day-use sites, on trails and other amenities.
“Every national forest can make good use of additional recreation dollars,” SFNF Supervisor James Melonas said. “When people know their recreation fees are staying on their home forest, it may provide a little more incentive to purchase a pass and spend more time enjoying the great outdoors.”
The biggest benefit of the Interagency Pass is free admission to all 419 sites administered by the National Park Service, including national parks and monuments. But the pass is also good at Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and Bureau of Reclamation sites that charge an entrance or standard amenity fee for day use. (Some concessionaire-operated sites do not accept the passes.)
Although Interagency Annual Passes are not transferrable, each pass has two signature lines and both people who sign the card are considered pass owners. The passes are good for 12 months from the month of purchase, expiring on the last day of that month. Each pass admits the pass owner(s) and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at per-vehicle fee areas. At per-person fee areas, the pass admits the pass owner and up to three adults. Children under 16 are always admitted free.
Passes are sold at SFNF Forest Headquarters at 11 Forest Lane, Santa Fe, NM, and at all District Offices. Military, senior and Every Kid Outdoors 4th-grade passes are also available for free or discounted rates. See the Forest Service webpage on recreation fees and passes for more information.