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America the Beautiful – National Park Pass

By Kate • October 25, 2022

A National Park entrance fee is required for each guest aged 16 and older who will be entering the park with Arizona River Runners. This money goes directly to the park to help maintain and protect one of the world’s greatest wonders. If you are an avid parkgoer, you might consider investing in a National Park Pass.

As an ARR guest, a park pass will cover the entrance fee for up to four guests within the same party. To remove the fees from your river trip cost, you will need to purchase a pass and email us a photo of the front and back of your pass before your trip departs, preferably before you make the final payment. An annual pass is good for one year; if purchased in June, it will be good until the following June. A Lifetime Senior Pass is available to those 62 and older and never expires. It’s a worthwhile investment if you plan on spending your time seeing all the beauty America has to offer.

Check out all of the different types of passes available here. These can be purchased at a number of federal recreation sites throughout the US, as well as online.

If you’ll be visiting a park before your trip with us, check to see if they sell park passes. According to the Department of the Interior, “One hundred percent of the revenue generated from sales of the America the Beautiful public lands pass directly benefits the parks, and at least 80 percent stays at the park where the pass was purchased.”

National Park Passes provide access to more than 2,000 recreational areas. In addition to National Parks, it also covers the entrance fees to National Monuments, National Forests, Wildlife Refuges, and BLM land. A pass is well worth it if you plan on visiting other recreation areas, as you will likely be spending more than the cost of the pass on entrance fees.

Supporting the National Park Service also benefits other organizations, including National Historic Landmarks, the National Register of Historic Places, National Wild and Scenic Rivers, National Heritage Areas, and National Trails.

For more information on recreation passes through the NPS, check out their FAQ page.

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