Starting on November 11th, 2020, U.S. Military Veterans and Gold Star Families will have fees waived at all federal recreation areas. This includes sites within the National Park Service, U.S. Fish & Game, U.S Forest Service, Army Corp of Engineering, and United States Geological Service.
Entry fees are waived for the veteran or the Gold Star Family voucher holder, as well as any individuals who are occupants of a single, private non-commercial vehicle OR the veteran or voucher-holder and three persons (16 and older) where per-person fees are charged. The voucher is non-transferable and void if altered.
Please Note: Entrance fee waiver does not cover expanded amenity or other user fees including but not limited to camping, transportation, special recreation permits, or special tours.
For purposes of this program, a veteran is identified as an individual who has served in the U.S. Armed Forces, including the National Guard and Reserves, and is able to present one of the following forms of identification when entering a national park:
Department of Defense Identification Card (CAC Card)
Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC)
Veteran ID Card
Veterans designation on a state-issued U.S. driver’s license or identification card
Gold Star Families
Gold Star Families are next of kin of a member of the United States Armed Forces who lost their life in a “qualifying situation,” such as a war, an international terrorist attack, or a military operation outside of the United States while serving with the United States Armed Forces.
Before visiting a participating site, you'll need to download and print the Gold Star Family voucher to present to the ranger or place on the vehicle dashboard at unstaffed sites.
By downloading and signing the voucher, Gold Star Family members are self-certifying that they meet the required criteria as identified in sections 3.2 and 3.3 of the Department of Defense Instruction 1348.36.
You can download the Gold Star Family Voucher here directly from the National Park Service:
Download the Gold Star Family Voucher