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Save Money on North Dakota State Parks!

Save Money on North Dakota State Parks!

You may be eligible for a free North Dakota State Parks pass! There are many ways that you can save money and still enjoy all of the incredible natural views and amenities that the state parks have to offer.

In this article, we’ll review all the ways that you can save money on a North Dakota State Parks pass. We’ll describe what programs are available, who is eligible, and what you need to do to claim your free pass.

About North Dakota State Parks

With an array of diverse landscapes and captivating outdoor experiences, North Dakota offers something for every nature enthusiast. From the striking Badlands of Theodore Roosevelt National Park to the tranquil shores of Lake Sakakawea, these state parks are a haven for outdoor adventurers.

In North Dakota’s 13 distinct state parks, you can hike along scenic trails, observe fascinating wildlife, or embark on a memorable camping trip under star-studded skies. With its unspoiled natural wonders and a welcoming atmosphere, all of these destinations are a must-see for those who want to reconnect with the great outdoors.

North Dakota State Parks Pass Discounts

Normally, guests at the parks have to pay a daily vehicle entrance fee or buy an annual family permit. Fortunately, there are many different ways that you can get a discount on your North Dakota State Parks pass!

Senior Discount

If you are a North Dakota resident who is at least 65 years old, you are eligible to get a senior discount on your North Dakota State Parks pass. The senior pass is almost 50% off the regular price!

Unfortunately, senior passes cannot be purchased online because you need to provide proof of residency and address. You can do this by bringing your valid photo ID to a state park or to the central office in Bismarck. If you’d rather, you can send a picture of your ID and a current phone number to the state office at [email protected] to purchase a senior pass over the phone.

Disabled Veterans Discount

If you are a North Dakota resident and a veteran with a service-connected disability that is rated 50% or higher, then you are eligible for a free lifetime North Dakota State Parks pass! Former prisoners of war are also eligible for a free lifetime pass.

If you are a veteran with a lower disability rating, you may be able to purchase an annual pass with a veterans discount. The veteran’s pass is about half-price when compared to a regular annual pass.

In order to get any of the disabled veterans discounts, you’ll need to provide a Benefits Letter from the US Department of Veterans Affairs to prove your disability rating. If you were a POW, you’ll need to provide a DD214 or written proof from the National Archives Database that proves you hold that status.

Because you need to be able to prove that you are eligible for these discounts, these passes cannot be purchased online. You’ll need to bring your documentation to a state park, to the Central Office in Bismarck, or submit it over email to [email protected] in order to get your North Dakota state parks pass.

Library Discounts

Did you know that you can check out a North Dakota State Parks pass from your local library?! The library passes can usually cover your entrance fees for one day. You will need to redeem them within seven days of picking up the pass from your local library. The library passes do not cover camping fees or other amenities.

In order to get a pass from your local library, you will usually need to have an adult library card. These are free when you apply at your local library. There may be waitlists and other restrictions, so be sure to look into this before you journey out to the park!

There are limitations.

The North Dakota State Parks pass discounts we have found will only help cover your entrance fees. It does not appear that the state offers any discounts on camping, snowmobiling, equipment rentals or other costs.

It’s important to understand all the fees associated with your trip before you go. Our family has had the misfortune of travelling to a park only to be turned away at the gate because we couldn’t afford the fees. Double-checking all of the costs ahead of time can save you a wasted trip.

You can find a list of all the associated fees in the Fees & Facilities Brochure offered by the North Dakota Parks & Recreation Department.


There are many ways to save money on your North Dakota state parks pass but you need to plan ahead! The discounted passes cannot be purchased online and require you to bring specific proof of eligibility. It’s important to review all of the information about the costs associated with your park trip before you pack up and go.

FAQ about North Dakota State Park passes

Got questions about North Dakota state parks? We’ve got answers! Here are our most commonly asked questions.

How many state parks are in North Dakota?

There are 13 state parks in North Dakota: Beaver Lake State Park, Cross Ranch State Park, Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park, Fort Ransom State Park, Grahams Island State Park, Icelandic State Park, Lake Metigoshe State Park, Lake Sakakawea State Park, Lewis and Clark State Park, Little Missouri State Park, Sully Creek State Park and Turtle River State Park.

This article is the product of a team effort! Multiple authors from the Low Income Relief team have contributed to this post. We have also used AI tools to organize data and refine the writing in accordance with our Responsible AI Use Policy. All articles on our website are reviewed by our founder and resident poverty expert, Nicole Thelin, prior to publication.