Pass Requirements

NATIONAL PARKS PASSES & FEES

Entrance fee:  As of May 27, 2016 the entrance fee is $25 for a private, non-commercial vehicle with a seating capacity of 15 or less; or $10 for each visitor 16 and older entering by bicycle, horseback, on foot, or for individuals traveling together as a non-commercial, organized group. Mount Rainier Motorcycle Fee for unlimited entry for one motorcycle and passenger for seven consecutive days is $20. These fees provide the visitor with a 7-day entrance permit for Mount Rainier National Park. Good for seven consecutive days. Not available online.

Annual pass: $50. Provides entrance for card holder and accompanying passengers for one year to  Mount Rainier National Park.  NOTE: This pass is only good at the park where it was purchased. Pass in non-refundable and non-transferable.

America the Beautiful Interagency Annual Pass: $80.  Provides entrance to any national park, Forest Service or other federal site charging fees for one year. Admits pass owner and accompanying passengers in private vehicle. Purchase at the park or online.

Interagency Senior Pass: $10. This is a lifetime pass that is honored nationwide at any federal site charging entrance fees. Admits pass owner and accompanying passengers in private vehicle. Details here.

Annual Pass – Military: Free. The Military Pass provides free access to federal land for all active military personnel and their dependents. Details.

Interagency Access Pass: Free. Those with permanent disabilities may be eligible for a lifetime pass that is honored nationwide. Admits pass owner and accompanying passengers in private vehicle. Details.

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U.S. FOREST SERVICE LANDS

USFS trailheads in Washington and Oregon with developed facilities (toilet, picnic table, etc.) charge a user fee.  This includes many trailheads in the Cascades and Olympics. A list of sites is here.  Many other undeveloped trailheads do not require a pass in the National Forest region.

National Forest Recreation Day Pass: $5/car. Allows you to park at trailheads for one day. You can purchase several day passes ahead of time and write the dates on them as you use them. The pass is available at National Forest offices and visitor centers, via private vendors or online. Beginning April 1, 2014, you can purchase the day pass online and print it at home. Note that WTA and some other vendors listed do not carry day passes.

Northwest Forest Pass: $30. An annual pass honored at all Forest Service day-use or entrance fee sites in Washington and Oregon. The pass is available at National Forest offices and visitor centers and via private vendors or online. Passes may also be purchased at the WTA office or online.

America the Beautiful Interagency Annual Pass: $80. This pass provides entrance to all Forest Service, national park and other federal site charging fees for one year. Purchase at a National Forest office or online.  Details here.

Interagency Senior Pass: $10. This is the best deal around. This is a lifetime pass for persons 62 years old and older, honored nationwide at any federal site charging entrance fees. The Senior Pass allows card holder, plus up to 5 persons per vehicle to enter. Check out the details here.

Mount St. Helens National Monument: Mount St. Helens, managed by the USFS, charges on a per-person fee basis. Entry to the Coldwater or Johnson Ridge sites are $8 per person for those 16 and older (free for kids). They will honor Interagency Annual and Senior passes for named pass-holders, and a Northwest Forest Pass will gain entry for one person. Details.

WA STATE PUBLIC LANDS

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Discover Pass

Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to state parks and recreation lands managed by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR). One pass can be transferred between two vehicles. The fees are as follows (transaction and dealer fees may apply):

  • Annual pass: $30
  • One-day pass: $10

Exemptions
Your purchase of the Discover Pass supports recreation on state lands. However, you do not need to purchase the pass under the following circumstances:

If you are camping or renting overnight accommodations, including vacation houses, environmental learning centers, yurts, and cabins, you will not need a Discover Pass for access to the state park where you are staying for the duration of your stay. If you visit other state parks in the area or other state recreation lands managed by WDFW or DNR, a Discover Pass will be required.

Disabled veterans and other Washington State Parks pass holders registered through Washington State Parks do not need to purchase a Discover Pass for access to Washington state parks. You will need to purchase the Discover Pass for access to lands managed by WDFW and DNR. To apply for a State Parks pass, complete and submit the appropriate pass application.

You will not need a Discover Pass to launch your boat from a state park boat launch if you have the annual Natural Investment Permit. You will need the Discover Pass for boat launches managed by DNR and WDFW.

Sno-Park seasonal permit holders do not need a Discover Pass to use a designated Sno-Park between November 1 and March 31 for winter recreation activities. The Sno-Park permit exemption does not apply to non-winter recreation activities.

Fish and Wildlife Vehicle Use Permit/Vehicle Access Pass (VAP). Previously available for purchase, the complimentary VAP is provided to those who purchase hunting and fishing licenses. This pass only provides access to WDFW lands.

Washington State Parks Car Tab renewal donation. We encourage you to continue to donate $5 to State Parks when renewing your annual vehicle license tabs. However, this is not the same as the Discover Pass.

WINTER RECREATION – WASHINGTON SNO-PARKS

Sno-Parks (from WA State Parks)
The Winter Recreation Program manages Sno-Parks (cleared parking areas) in close proximity to groomed and backcountry trails.

  • Snowmobile Sno-Parks are open to both motorized and non-motorized winter recreation.
  • Non-motorized Sno-Parks are only open to winter recreation sports such as cross-country skiing, dog sledding, snowshoeing, and snow play.

PASS & PERMIT INFO

Sno-Park permits are available online from November 1 through April 30.

Visitors to Washington state parks and state recreation lands managed by the Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources are required to display the Discover Pass on their vehicles.

Exemption: If you have a current seasonal Sno-Park permit, you will not need to purchase a Discover Pass to use a designated Sno-Park between November 1 and March 31 for winter recreation activities. However, your Sno-Park permit may not be used to access other state recreation lands.

Please note: If using a daily Sno-Park permit, you also will need a one-day or annual Discover Pass when visiting Crystal Springs, Easton Reload, and Hyak Sno-Parks; Fields Spring, Lake Easton, Lake Wenatchee, and Mount Spokane state parks; and the Department of Natural Resources’ Mount Tahoma Trail System. For more information or to purchase an annual Discover Pass, click here.


SnoPark Pass Vendors

Ashford Valley Grocery – 4 N
29716 SR 706 E
Ph: 360-569-2560
Ashford WA 98304
Whittaker Mountaineering
30027 SR 706 E
Ph: 360-569-2142
Ashford WA 98304
Wapiti Woolies
58414 E. State Route 410
Ph: 360-663-2268
Greenwater WA 98022
Slims Market-Quick Market Inc.
9951 U.S. Highway 12
Ph: 509-653-2268
Naches WA 98937
The Little Red School House
12691 U.S. Highway 12
Ph: 509-653-2041
Naches WA 98937
Whistlin’ Jack Lodge
20800 SR 410
Ph: 509-658-2433
Naches WA 98937
Fischer’s Market
9790 U.S. Highway 12
Ph: 360-497-5355
Randle WA 98377

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