Last Chance to Purchase a $20 Lifetime Senior Pass to National Parks
One thing that we really enjoy taking advantage of during our travels are national and state parks. Visiting our country’s natural resources is an inexpensive way to include beautiful and educational destinations in your travel plans.
I wanted to update you on an upcoming price increase to the lifetime Senior Pass from the National Park Service. Since 1994, the price of a lifetime Senior Pass to national parks has been only $10 (plus a $10 processing fee for purchasing online or by mail). However, Congress recently passed legislation that will increase the cost of this pass to $80. These passes will also be available annually for $20 per year, but for obvious reasons the lifetime pass is the way to go.
People who qualify as seniors (ages 62 and older) may want to jump on this last chance to grab a lifetime Senior Pass. Buy on or before August 27; the price of the lifetime Senior Pass increases to $80 on August 28.
What exactly does a Lifetime Senior Pass provide?
Access to more than 2,000 recreation sites managed by six Federal agencies which include:
- 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
Your pass will cover entrance and standard amenity (day use) recreation fees and provide discounts on some expanded amenity recreation fees.
Other benefits of a Lifetime Senior Pass
Other benefits of having a pass include the fact that your traveling companions can also enter for free. The Senior Pass admits the pass owner and passengers in a noncommercial vehicle at per-vehicle fee areas and the pass owner plus up to three adults where per-person fees are charged. (Children under 16 are always admitted free.).
Also, at many sites, the Senior Passes provide the pass owner (only) a discount on expanded amenity fees, such as camping, swimming, boat launching, and guided tours.
If you already have a Senior Pass, I recommend making sure it’s a lifetime pass. If it is a lifetime pass, you are good to go, and none of these changes will effect you.
How to Order a Lifetime Senior Pass to National Parks
To order a lifetime Senior Pass online, visit the USGS Store page. If you’d like to order by mail, you can find the application at the USGS site. All eligible Senior Pass orders postmarked on or before August 27 will be processed at the $10 price (plus the $10 processing fee). Lifetime Senior Pass orders postmarked on or after August 28 will be processed at the $80 price. For more information on the price changes, click here.
Looking for more ways to save on your park visits? Read my post on How to Save on National Park Visits.
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Keri Lyn is an Idaho girl, born and raised. She shares her country home with her husband Brady, a veterinarian, and their two children–a son (10) and a…