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Big Bend National Park Fees

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Big Bend National Park Fees

Big Bend National Park Fees

Entrance Fees

  • Private Non-commercial Vehicle $ 15.00 (7 Day Pass)
  • Individual Entry $ 5.00 (7 Day Pass)
  • Big Bend Park Pass $ 30.00 (1 Year – Unlimited Entry)
  • Gold Access Pass (Blind or permanently disabled individuals) Free (Lifetime – good in all natl parks)
  • Golden Age Pass (1 time fee – for those 62+) $ 10.00 (Lifetime – good in all natl parks)
  • National Park Pass (good 1 year from date of purchase) $ 50.00 (good in all natl parks)
  • Golden Eagle Pass (good 1 year from date of purchase) $ 15.00 (good in all natl forests)


No Reservations are needed to Enter Big Bend National Park
National Park Pass Information

The National Parks Pass is an annual pass that provides admission to any national park charging an entrance fee. The Pass costs $ 50.00 and is valid for 12 months (ending the last day of the purchase month, one year later). More than 80% of the proceeds from the sales of National Park Passes go directly into supporting priority projects in national parks.

Where a “Per Vehicle” entrance fee is charged, the Pass admits the Pass signee and accompanying passengers in a single, private*, non-commercial vehicle. Where a “Per Person” entrance fee is charged, the Pass admits the Pass signee, spouse, children and parents. The Pass is nontransferable and does not cover or reduce use fees such as charges for camping, parking, tours and concessions.

Golden Eagle Pass

For an additional $ 15.00, a Golden Eagle hologram may be purchased and affixed to a National Parks Pass to cover entrance fees at not only national parks, but also at sites managed by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U. S. Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management. The Golden Eagle holograms are available at National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, and Bureau of Land Management fee stations. The Golden Eagle admits the pass signee and any accompanying passengers in a private* vehicle if a park has a per vehicle entrance fee. Where a per person entrance fee is charged, the Golden Eagle admits the pass signee, spouse, children and parents. The Golden Eagle is nontransferable and does NOT cover or reduce use fees such as charges for camping, parking, tours, and concessions. It is valid for entrance fees only. The Golden Eagle hologram is valid until the expiration of the National Parks Pass to which it is affixed.

Golden Age Pass

If you are age 62 or older, you qualify for a Golden Age Passport. The Golden Age Pass is available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are age 62 or older. The Golden Age Pass is a lifetime entrance pass to national parks, monuments, historic sites, recreation areas, and national wildlife refuges that charge an entrance fee. The Golden Age Pass admits the pass signee and any accompanying passengers in a private* vehicle if a park has a per vehicle entrance fee. Where a per person entrance fee is charged, the Golden Age Pass admits the pass signee, spouse, and children.

The Golden Age Pass also provides a 50% discount on federal use fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, parking, boat launching, and tours. In some cases where use fees are charged, only the pass signee will be given the 50% price reduction. The Pass is nontransferable and does NOT cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessioners. A Golden Age Pass must be obtained in person at a federal area where an entrance fee is charged. There is a one-time $ 10.00 processing charge to obtain the Golden Age Pass. It is available only to citizens or permanent residents of the United States who are 62 years of age or older. You must show proof of age, such as a state driver’s license, birth certificate, or similar document.

Golden Access Pass

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If you have a permanent disability, you may qualify for a Golden Access Passport. The Golden Access Pass is a lifetime entrance pass to national parks, monuments, historic sites, recreation areas, and national wildlife refuges that charge an entrance fee. The Golden Access Pass admits the pass signee and any accompanying passengers in a private* vehicle if a park has a per vehicle entrance fee. Where a per person entrance fee is charged, the Golden Access Pass admits the pass signee, spouse, and children.

The Golden Access Pass also provides a 50% discount on federal use fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, parking, boat launching, and tours. In some cases where use fees are charged, only the pass signee will be given the 50% price reduction. The Pass is nontransferable and does NOT cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessioners. A Golden Access Pass must be obtained in person at a federal area where an entrance fee is charged. It is available only to citizens or permanent residents of the United States who are medically determined to be blind or permanently disabled. You may obtain a Golden Access Pass by showing proof of medically determined permanent disability, or eligibility for receiving benefits under federal law.

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* A private vehicle is defined as any noncommercial vehicle that is being used for private recreational purposes.

The National Parks Pass may be purchased at any National Park office or entry station.

To purchase a pass Online, click on this link, or to purchase via phone, call: 1-888-467-2757.

Commercial Entrance Fees

Commercial tour groups pay an entrance fee based on the capacity of the tour vehicle. Golden Age, Golden Eagle and Golden Access passports are not valid for free entry with commercial tour groups (except for sedans).

Sedan: 1-6 persons – $ 25.00 plus the individual entrance fee $ 5.00 for each passenger*

Van: 7-15 persons – $ 75.00

Mini-Bus: 16-25 persons – $ 100.00

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Motor Coach: 26+ persons – $ 200.00

Note: Passenger capacity does not include driver.

* Individuals with a National Parks Pass, Golden Age or Golden Access passports, or the Big Bend Annual Pass, do not pay the individual entrance fee in sedans. However, the $ 25.00 commercial fee for the group still applies.

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