National parks lifetime passes for seniors are about to get a lot more expensive

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Seniors can get a lifetime pass to America’s national parks and other federal lands for just $10, but they have to act fast. The price of the senior pass is increasing from $10 to $80 starting August 28, 2017.

The lifetime senior pass, which is available to those 62 years or older, has been $10 since 1994.

Price hike for lifetime national parks senior pass

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According to the National Park Service, Congress passed legislation in late 2016 that stated the cost of the lifetime senior pass must be equal to the annual cost of a non-senior America the Beautiful ‘ The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass, which is currently $80.

These senior passes provide access to more than 2,000 recreation sites managed by the following federal agencies:

  • National Park Service
  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Bureau of Reclamation
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

The passes cover entrance and standard amenity (day-use) recreation fees and provide discounts on some expanded amenity recreation fees.

“We’re seeing a dramatic increase in Senior Pass sales since the National Park Service announced earlier this month the final date of August 27 for the $10 Senior Pass,” said Barbara Fearon, superintendent of Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial in Ohio. “We’re happy to accommodate as many seniors as we can with the $10 lifetime pass.”

To get a lifetime senior pass, bring your photo ID to any federal recreation site that charges an entrance or standard amenity (day-use) fee. Here’s a full list.

You can also buy one online or through the mail, but a $10 processing fee will apply — bringing the total to $20.

If you think a lifetime senior pass is something you or someone you know may be interested in, remember to take advantage of the $10 price before it goes up August 28!

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