America the beautiful Volunteer Pass



Who Qualifies:

U.S. citizens or permanent residents who individually accrue 250 volunteer hours.


Honored nationwide at all Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and US Fish & Wildlife Service sites charging entrance or standard amenity fees.

  • Valid for 12 months from the month of issue. Expires the last day of the month punched.
  • Admits pass holder and any accompanying passengers in a private non-commercial vehicle.
  • At per-person fee sites, admits pass holder and up to 3 persons. Persons 15 and younger are admitted free of charge.


The date is validated by the issuer at the time of issue. The pass is not valid for use until volunteer signs the pass.


  • At staffed sites, show your pass to the booth attendant. 
  • At unstaffed sites, use hangtag to display pass from rear-view mirror. Hangtags are available wherever you purchase a pass. 
  • At per-person sites, present pass upon request.

Eligibility Requirements:

The pass is available through agency volunteer program coordinators. Work with your local forest volunteer coordinator to ensure your volunteer hours are tracked and recorded.

  • There is no specific time frame in which the volunteer hours must be accrued. Only one pass may be issued per year to an individual. Once a pass is awarded, volunteer hours are set back to zero. 
  • Volunteer hours may be accrued for any agency-sponsored volunteer activity. Individual volunteers may also accumulate hours while working with a group.

Other Important Details:

  • Non-transferable and non-replaceable if lost or stolen.
  • Belongs to the signer only and s/he must be present for the pass to be used. Photo identification may be requested to verify pass ownership.
  • Decals may be issued free for open topped vehicles at unstaffed sites   Decals are only valid when the owner has an accompanying valid pass.
  • Does not cover expanded amenity fees or special recreation permits.




Connor Maher

Volunteer & Partnership Coordinator

 (719) 626-1084