National Park Service will raise senior lifetime passes to $80 from $10 on August 28...700 percent i

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If you're 62 or over you may want to get one of these before August 28. The price hike does not affect those who already hold the passes.

"The National Park Service $10 senior lifetime pass was a no-brainer steal. Now after 23 years, the pass jumps to $80.
The agency announced it will raise prices for the passes on Aug. 28, so act fast if you want one. The passes, which provide access to 2,000 sites, are for people age 62 and over."


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Does that affect the Golden Age pass we have had for years?
Are Golden Age Passports still valid?

Yes, Golden Age Passports are valid for a lifetime.

Golden Age Passport was a pass issued by the National Park Service until January 1, 2007. It has been replaced with the Senior Pass of the new pass series now called America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass, created by the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act and authorized by Congress in December 2004.[1][2][3][4]

The Senior Pass is a lifetime entrance pass to United States national parks for those 62 years and older.[2] To obtain this a senior citizen need only go to any National Park Service facility that charges an entrance fee with the following:

  • Proof of age (must be 62 years or older).[5]
  • Proof of citizenship (must be citizen or permanent resident of the United States)[5]
  • Ten Dollars cash (the one-time processing fee as of January 1, 2008).[2]
The pass is also available for $20 by mail from the US Geological Survey (extra $10 is for postage and handling).[6]

Some consider this one of the best travel bargains in the United States

The National Park Service words the Senior Pass on their website as:

This is a lifetime pass for U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over. Valid at Federal recreation entrance or standard amenity fee sites for: pass holder and occupants of single, private, non-commercial vehicle OR one motorcycle; OR pass holder and three persons (16 and older) where per person fees are charged. The pass can only be obtained in person at the park. The Senior Pass provides a 50 percent discount on some Expanded Amenity Fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, boat launch, and specialized interpretive services. In some cases where Expanded Amenity Fees are charged, only the pass holder will be given the 50 percent price reduction. The pass is non-transferable and generally does NOT cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessionaires.[2]

The now obsolete Golden Age Passport worked in a similar manner as the Senior Pass with the exception that the accompanying persons needed to be spouse and/or children of the cardholder.[13]
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You may want to get one for any member in the family who's 62 or over...i.e. the spouse.
My wife and I both have one, which is good of us usually can't find it when needed.
Then the cars start piling up behind you while waiting in line at the NPS gate.


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Good idea to also get a $10 pass for your spouse now . There are no reduced rates for lost / replacement passes, apparently.
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