Entrance Fees


Paying the entrance fee or purchasing your federal passes at Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge directly benefits the refuge! All the proceeds are used to maintain and improve the visitor services program, directly benefiting you - the visitor!

Visitors to the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge can pay entrance fees by cash or check at the Visitor Center between 8am and 4pm daily or with exact change at the self-pay station when the Visitor Center is closed.

Entrance fees are charged by the vehicle and fees are charged based on the group or individuals entering.    

The first Sunday of every month is FREE!

Daily Permits
General Visitors - $5.00 vehicle parking fee                                                                                                                                                        
(Commercial)- $25.00 single visit fee or $100 annual fee   

School Groups – Free (includes all accompanying teachers, aides, and parents)

Annual & Lifetime Permits
$10 Annual Refuge Pass (valid at Santa Ana and Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuges)
$25 Federal Duck Stamp (valid at all National Wildlife Refuges)
$80 Interagency Annual Pass
$80 Interagency Access Pass (lifetime pass)
$10 Interagency Senior Pass (lifetime pass)

Want to learn more about getting a pass?  Click here!

Note: All daily, annual, and lifetime permits are available for purchase at the Visitor Center. Check with refuge staff for annual and lifetime eligibility requirements. When the Visitor Center is closed, use fee envelopes and depository provided in front of the Visitor Center.