Have a permanent disability? Get the free National Park Access Pass

People love America’s National Parks, and they should. They are a treasure. We had an amazing response to our post Buy your $10 lifetime National Park Senior Pass before it’s too late. Over 80K people have read the post over the last two weeks. One of the questions that we’ve gotten from readers is “Is the pass good for disabled people?” We have great news. If you have a permanent disability, you can get the free National Park Access Pass at no charge. The lifetime pass allows free admission to National Parks, Monuments, Historical Parks and other government-owned lands at.

Who can get a National Park Access Pass

free National Park Access Pass - South Rim, Grand Canyon, photo Billie Frank

South Rim, Grand Canyon, photo/Billie Frank

Any US citizen or permanent resident with a permanent disability, even a child, can get a free National Park Access Pass. According to the  USGS website, that is anyone with a “permanent physical, mental, or sensory impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, such as caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working.” It doesn’t have to be a 100% disability.

How to get your free National Park Access Pass

free National Park Access Pass - The grand kiva at Chetro Ketl at Chaco Canyon National Historical Park, photo Steve Collins

The grand kiva at Chetro Ketl at Chaco Canyon National Historical Park, photo/ Steve Collins

You can buy your free National Park Access Pass at any National Park office, National Park, National Monument, National Historic Park online or by mail. Both the Internet and mail-in options have a $10 service fee, but that may be the easiest for you, especially if you don’t live near one of the places that issues passes.

What proof do you need to get your National Park Access Pass

free National Park Access Pass - Stunning hoodoos at Bryce Canyon photo Billie Frank

Stunning hoodoos at Bryce Canyon photo/Billie Frank

You need to submit proof of US citizenship or residency as well as documentation on your disability. You’ll need for proof of disability when applying for your free National Park Access Pass. You must be bring the documentation with you if you apply in person, If you apply online they’ll ask you to provide it. If you apply by mail you have to include it with your application. Here are the documents they’ll accept:

A statement of disability from a licensed physician

A document issued by a federal agency such as the Veteran’s Affairs, Social Security Disability Income or Supplemental Security Income

A document issued by a state agency such as a vocational rehabilitation agency

Who does you pass admit?

free National Park Access Pass - Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park, photo/Steve Collins

Reflections in Sprague Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park, photo/Steve Collins

Anyone traveling with the pass holder in a non-commercial vehicle (up to 15 people) are admitted. At sights that charge individual admission, the pass owner and three additional people are admitted free of charge.

If you qualify for the free National Park Access Pass get yours today. We have a country filled with sites you’ll be able to visit for free.

If you are mobility impaired you may be interested in this post by travel writer/blogger Candy Harrington: New Bryce Multi-Use Trail Top Offers Top-Rate Access.

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6 Responses to “Have a permanent disability? Get the free National Park Access Pass”

  1. Irene S. Levine
    April 17, 2017 at 5:40 am #

    We are so fortunate to have such a wonderful system of national parks!
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    • Billie Frank
      April 17, 2017 at 8:13 am #

      I totally agree- they are a true national treasure.

  2. Carole Terwilliger Meyers
    April 17, 2017 at 5:01 pm #

    Fortunately I do already have my $10 lifetime National Park Senior Pass. What a deal! And I was surprised to learn that it is good at many national monuments and other sites. Fortunately, I don’t have a disability so don’t need that pass.

    • Billie Frank
      April 18, 2017 at 3:50 pm #

      Seniors with disabilities can get the Access Pass and save the $10 or $80 when the price goes up.

  3. Doreen Pendgracs
    April 18, 2017 at 6:36 pm #

    National Parks are certainly a great way to see the best of any natural environment. Thx for this great post, Billie?
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