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Lifetime Senior U.S. Natl Park Pass Set to Skyrocket

If you are 62 or older it’s time to get off your rocker and grab a lifetime pass to 2,000 U.S. National Parks for $10 if purchased in-person or $20 online.

Last December, Congress authorized the price increase for the pass, which is good for a lifetime for U.S. citizens and permanent residents 62 and older. An exact date for the cost increase has yet to be announced, but some who work in parks expect it by year’s end. 

The same legislation created an annual Senior Pass to be priced at $20 per year.

Regardless, it’s a steal for older farts.

Senior Pass Details

• Cost: $10 lifetime pass

• Available for: U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over. Applicants must provide documentation of age and residency or citizenship.

• How to purchase:

In person at a federal recreation site (see PDF list)

• Online–buy now from the USGS store!

• Through the mail using this application form (PDF).

• NOTE: The cost of obtaining a Senior Pass through the mail or online is $20. $10 for the Senior Pass and $10 for processing the application.

• Additional information:

• The Senior Pass may provide a 50 percent discount on some amenity fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, boat launch, and specialized interpretive services.

• The Senior Pass generally does NOT cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessioners.

• Golden Age Passports are no longer sold. However, these passes will continue to be honored according to the provisions of the pass.


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