We offer free camping and free parking at day-use fee parks to these groups:
These benefits are handled in slightly different ways. Read on!
The Special Access Pass is for veterans with a service-connected disability. Survivors of deceased veterans, spouse and/or other family members of veterans do not qualify for this pass. Eligible U.S. military members on leave are reimbursed for their campsite and day-use costs. Both benefits are subject to some restrictions.
What it Covers
If you are eligible, this benefit gives you free parking at the 25 state parks that charge a day-use parking fee. It also covers your camping costs in RV sites, tent campsites & standard horse camp sites. You may camp for free in a tent, RV or standard horse camp site for 10 nights at a time at a single state park, or a total of 10 nights in a calendar month, regardless of the location. If you stay longer than 10 nights at a park, or in a calendar month, you will pay the standard rate for the extra days.
What it Doesn’t Cover
This benefit does not cover yurts, cabins or other special park facilities, nor does it cover the $8 fee to make reservations or the $7 per night charge for a 2nd driven vehicle.
Getting a Pass
For U.S. veterans with a service-connected disability, here is the process:
The pass is valid for 10 years.
Getting a Refund
Members of the military on active duty and on official leave need to pay up front and then get reimbursed. After your visit, send us
We must receive your refund request no later than 30 days after the last day of your stay. We send refunds within three weeks of a request.
Camping without a Pass
If you camp without your Special Access Pass (and have one, or are eligible for one, of course) you must pay up front. After your visit, you can apply for a refund. If you have not yet applied for the pass, you may include your refund request with your application. We must receive your refund request no later than 30 days after the last day of your stay.
Please mail all applications or refund requests to:
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
ATTN: Veterans Pass Program
725 Summer ST NE, Suite C
Salem, OR 97301
How to Renew
The pass expires every 10 years. Use the online form to renew your pass. Passes can be renewed beginning six months before the expiry date.
Other Things To Know
Questions about other military-related benefits? Visit ODVA