Trips to see America’s grandest canyon come with a small price tag. National park passes come in many varieties.
Grand Canyon National Park Passes
A seven-day pass costs $35/vehicle at the Grand Canyon National Park entrance stations and is valid at the North and South Rims. You also can purchase the Grand Canyon National Park Annual Pass for $70, effective June 1, 2018, for 12 months of unlimited visits. These national park passes are not valid for Grand Canyon West Skywalk which is outside of the national park.
$80 America the Beautiful Pass
Planning on visiting more than one park this year? Consider the America the Beautiful annual pass for $80. It is honored at all federally managed land units (national parks, national forests, national monuments, etc.) It’s good for a year from the month of purchase. You can pick one up at any national park entrance station.
$80 Senior Lifetime Pass
The best deal… national park lifetime passes for those 62 and older are only $80. If you have a young family, you might want to take the grandparents along on vacation. The whole car can get into the park with the senior pass and the memories created will be priceless.
Get in For Free
Don’t forget fourth-graders and their families get in free. Each year in September, 4th grade students can go to everykidoutdoors.gov to complete an activity and obtain a free annual entry pass to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including national parks.
Active military receive free annual parks passes for themselves and their dependents when they show a military ID. Travelers under 16 years of age, as well as those visiting parks for educational or scientific purposes, also receive an entrance waiver. And if you have a permanent disability and show documentation, you get in for free and get a discount on camping.
Don’t fit those categories? Hit your favorite park on a free admission day. There are usually 6 free days every year.
Where to Get a National Park Pass
Visitors may purchase digital Grand Canyon National Park passes online at www.recreation.gov/sitepass/74282. Print your receipt in advance or show it to a ranger at the park entrance station on a smart phone. However, cell phone reception can be limited to non-existent at the park, so we recommend you download your receipt and be sure your cell phone is charged or print out your receipt just in case you do not have cell phone reception.
Get your America the Beautiful Annual Pass at the USGS online store at store.usgs.gov/pass (shipping and handling fees apply) or at REI’s online store at www.rei.com (free shipping and National Park Foundation donation). You can also pick up an America the Beautiful Annual Pass at participating REI stores.