Act Fast! National Parks Senior Pass Increasing from $10 to $80

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If you’re a 62 years or older with a love for the outdoors, you’ll want to get yourself to a National Park office before August 28! That’s because the cost of a lifetime Senior Pass is increasing from $10 to $80 thanks to recent legislation. Note: Underage AARP members are not eligible.

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Denali is one of the parks covered by the National Parks Senior PassIs it worth buying a lifetime National Parks Senior Pass?

Only 118 of the 417 National Park Service sites have an entrance fee, but there are several reasons why it’s worth investing $10 before the end of the month. Traveling companions, up to three adults, also get in for free.

And you not only get free entrance to fee-based National Parks, your pass also covers 2,000+ sites managed by:

  • US Fish & Wildlife Service
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Bureau of Reclamation
  • US Forest Service
  • US Army Corps of Engineers

Discounts on expanded amenity fees such as guided tours, camping, swimming, etc are also a perk of the pass!

Where to Buy a National Parks Senior Pass
There are three ways to buy a pass before August 28. Note that a lot of other people are rushing to get a pass before the price hike so you might have to wait awhile for your physical pass to arrive after purchase.

  1. Buy in person at any federal recreation site that charges an entrance fee. Be sure to call in advance to make sure they have passes in stock.
  2. Buy online (+$10 processing fee)
  3. Buy via snail mail (+$10 processing fee). Note: Your application fee must be postmarked before August 28.

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