What used to be one the best deals for senior hikers, nature lovers and history fans since 1994 is about to cost a whole lot more — $70 more, to be exact. The National Park Service is increasing the price of a Lifetime Pass for Seniors (62+) from $10 to $80 on August 28. (The additional revenue will be used to make much-needed repairs and enhancements in the parks.) It is valid at more than 2,000 U.S. national parks, forests, refuges, monuments and recreation managed by six federal agencies. If you qualify, buy yours now. Even if you just use the pass once, it’s worth the investment.
If purchased online, you’ll pay a $10 processing fee for a final total of $20. (If you purchase the pass at a federal recreation site, there is no additional fee.) In addition, as of August 28, a new annual $20 senior pass will be available.
The pass is non-transferable. However, traveling companions can enter parks for FREE. The Senior Pass admits the pass owner and up to three adult passengers in a noncommercial vehicle. (FYI – Children under 16 are always admitted FREE.)
Plus, at many sites, the Senior Pass provides the pass owner only a discount on Expanded Amenity Fees, such as camping, swimming, boat launching and guided tours. For more details about the benefits of a Senior Pass, including the impending changes, click here.
Great tip, thank you!
AND $80 is still a screaming deal for a national pass good for the rest of one’s life.
Do you know if there are any allowances for someone turning 62 shortly after August?!
Doubtful, but anyone who cannot come up with $80 once the new fee is in place may buy four consecutive $20, one-year passes that become a lifetime pass.