National Parks Senior Pass - price increase

One of the many incredible rock formations  that tower above you in Zion National Park, Utah.
One of the many incredible rock formations that tower above you in Zion National Park, Utah.


National Park Service to increase price of Senior Passes.

"On August 28, 2017, the price of the America the Beautiful – The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass will increase for the first time since 1994. The additional revenue will be used to enhance the visitor experience in parks.


The lifetime Senior Pass will increase from $10 to $80. ... The current passes are lifetime passes and will remain valid. ... US citizens or permanent residents 62 years or older are eligible for the Senior Pass.


Annual and lifetime Senior Passes provide access to more than 2,000 recreation sites managed by six federal agencies: National Park Service, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, US Forest Service, US Army Corps of Engineers.


The passes cover entrance and standard amenity (day-use) recreation fees and provide discounts on some expanded amenity recreation fees. ...  traveling companions can also enter for free. The Senior Passes admit pass owner/s and passengers in a noncommercial vehicle at per-vehicle fee areas and pass owner plus three adults, not to exceed four 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).

Senior Passes can be purchased at any federal recreation site, including national parks, that charges an entrance or standard amenity (day-use) fee. Proof of age and residency is required. See the complete list of sites where the pass is available (PDF).


Passes can also be purchased online or through the mail from USGS; an additional $10 processing fee will be added to the price. Visit the USGS store to buy the pass online or find instructions for purchasing by mail."



"We are experiencing a major increase in Senior pass sales. If you need your pass in less than two months, consider purchasing your pass at the first site you visit. Online Senior passes are currently being processed within nine weeks. Mail in Senior and Access pass applications are currently being processed within twelve weeks.


All eligible Senior pass orders postmarked before August 27 will be processed at the $10 price.  Lifetime Senior pass orders postmarked after August 27 will be processed at the $80 price.  Additional processing fees of $10 apply."  


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