Visitors can use one pass — the Golden Eagle Passport — for all federal recreation sites nationwide. This includes recreation sites operated by the Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
This may save time and money for those who spend a lot of time on public lands. For example, in the Pacific Northwest, a visitor can now use a Golden Eagle Passport for entrance to both National Parks as well as National Forest locations covered by the Northwest Forest Pass. This includes developed day-use sites, picnic areas, trailheads, visitor centers and parking. Prior to this change, visitors would have spent $30 for an annual Northwest Forest Pass in addition to the $65 Golden Eagle Passport. Now only one pass is required, for a savings of $30. Local passes, such as the Northwest Forest Pass, will continue to be sold and honored alongside the Golden Eagle Passport.
Two other "Golden Passport" passes are available: The Golden Age and Golden Access Passports:
· The Golden Age Passport: $10. This lifetime national pass is available to those who are at least 62. In addition to the benefits provided by the Golden Eagle Passport, the Golden Age Passport provides a 50% discount at campgrounds, developed boat launches and swimming sites, and specialized interpretive services.
NPS Page on the Passport: