Park Passes

TPWD offers four types of passes:

Texas State Parks Pass

Texas State Parks PassThe Texas State Parks Pass is good for one year and includes:

  • Unlimited free entry to more than 90 state parks for you and your guests (card holder must present the pass to get free entry)
  • Discounts on camping (restrictions apply), park store purchases and equipment rentals
  • Other special offers.

A Texas State Parks Pass costs $70. You can buy a second pass for someone who lives at the same address as you for $25.

For more information, read Texas State Parks Pass Details.

Buy a pass at any Texas state park and use it right away! Or call (512) 389-8900 to order a pass (plus shipping and handling).

Texas Parklands Passport

Texas Parklands PassportYou may qualify for a free Texas Parklands Passport. You can get these passes at any state park. We offer four parklands passports:

Senior Partial

If you are 65 years old or older and are a Texas resident, you qualify for the Senior Partial passport good at Texas state parks that charge entry fees. With this pass, you pay 50 percent off the entry fee rounded to the next whole dollar. For example, if the entry fee is $3, you will pay $2.

Present one or more of the following items to get your passport:

  • Driver's license
  • Birth certificate
  • Military discharge papers
  • Other papers that confirm your age, identity and home address.

Senior Full 

If you were born before Sept. 1, 1930, you qualify for the Senior Full passport. With this pass, you can enter any Texas state park for free.

Present one or more of the following items to get your passport:

  • Driver's license
  • Birth certificate
  • Military discharge papers
  • Other papers that confirm your age and identity.

Veterans

The Veterans passport allows free entry to Texas state parks for U.S. veterans with a 60 percent or more service-connected disability or loss of lower extremity.

Present one of the following to get your passport:

  • Disabled Veterans of Texas license plate receipt
  • Veteran's award letter (which establishes the degree of disability)
  • Tax exemption letter for Texas veterans.

Disability

If you are medically disabled and receive Social Security benefits, you qualify for the Disability passport, good at Texas state parks that charge entry fees. With this pass, you pay 50 percent off the entry fee rounded to the next whole dollar. For example, if the entry fee is $3, you will pay $2.

You must renew the pass each year. Present the following to get your passport:

  • Identification (such as a driver’s license) and
  • An Award of Benefits Letter or a Statement of Benefits from the Social Security Administration which says that you are permanently disabled.

 

 

Youth Group Annual Pass

Youth Group Annual PassThe Youth Group Annual Pass allows free entry to state parks for nonprofit youth group members and a reasonable number of adult sponsors.

The pass costs $100 and is valid for one year. Up to a total of 50 kids and sponsors can enter the park with the pass.

To purchase, you must show proof of nonprofit status and certify that your group serves children ages 13 to 17.

To apply for the pass, download an application and submit:  Youth Group Annual Permit - Application Packet (PDF 396.2 KB)

We must receive all application documents at least two weeks before your next park visit so that we have time to process and mail your pass. If you do not present the pass when you check in, the park staff will have to charge you standard entrance fees. Parks will not accept a sales receipt in lieu of the pass.

Restricted Annual Activity Passes

Activity passesSome parks issue passes that give access to specific things like swimming, golfing and boat storage or launches.

These passes grant entry to the park only for specific activities. You will have to pay entry fees to use other park facilities.

Rules, terms and applications vary; please contact parks for details.


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