New York State Division of Veterans' Services

Parks Passes

America the Beautiful National Park Pass for Military Members and their Families

An America the Beautiful National Park Pass is your ticket to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites. Each pass covers entrance fees at national parks and national wildlife refuges as well as standard amenity fees at national forests and grasslands, and at lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation. A pass covers entrance and standard amenity fees for a driver and all passengers in a personal vehicle at per vehicle fee areas (or up to four adults at sites that charge per person).

The America the Beautiful National Park Pass is available free of charge to U.S. military members and dependents in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard and also, Reserve and National Guard members. 

For more information and how to obtain a free National Park Pass, visit the National Park Service website.

Lifetime Liberty Pass for NYS Veterans with disabilities 

The Lifetime Liberty Pass benefits includes free vehicle entry to state parks and DEC-operated day-use areas, as well as numerous state boat launch sites, historic sites, arboretums and park preserves; free golf at 28 State Park golf courses; free swimming pool entrance at 36 State Park pools, and discounted camping and cabin rentals at all 119 State Park and DEC campgrounds.

To qualify for the pass, the Veteran must be a resident of New York State and provide State Parks with written certification from the United States Veterans Administration or the New York State Division of Veterans Services that the applicant is a wartime Veteran with a 40% or greater service-connected disability as certified by the United States Veterans Administration, or who has at any time been awarded by the Federal government an allowance towards the purchase of an automobile or who is eligible for such an award.

Note: New York State Veterans with disabilities who currently hold a valid Access Pass will be contacted prior to expiration of their pass for updated information to enroll in the Liberty Pass Program, and will no longer have to reapply every four years. Their current valid Access Passes will remain usable until their distinctive Lifetime Liberty Pass is issued.

For more information and to apply for the Liberty Pass, please visit the State Parks website or call 518-474-2324 during normal business hours.

*Public Transportation Options Information to State and National Parks:

National Parks via Metro-North 
New York City National Parks
Public Transit Options for State and National Parks in New York

*The NYS Division of Veterans' Services does not endorse or recommend any non-governmental resources and assumes no responsibility for their professional ability or integrity.

Additional Assistance:

If you would like to learn more about the benefits and services you may be eligible for as a Veteran, servicemember, or as a family member of a Veteran or servicemember, please call the New York State Division of Veterans’ Services Help Line at 1.888.838.7697 (VETSNYS), where you may also schedule an appointment with one of our Veterans Benefits Advisors.

 

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