Published: Sun, July 16, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

National Parks Senior Lifetime Pass To Jump From $10 to $80

National Parks Senior Lifetime Pass To Jump From $10 to $80

Bandelier National Monument Superintendent Jason Lott suggests anyone 62 or older and thinking about buying a National Parks Lifetime Senior Pass do so before August 28 at Bandelier.

Kupper said $10 of the $80 senior pass will stay within the park in which the pass is sold.

"Whether you bought it 20 years ago or if you go and buy one today, those passes will be honored for the lifetime of the card holder", Richards said.

"That's when the price of the pass will increase from $10 to $80", Lott said.

The fee increase was mandated by Congress as part of December 2016 legislation to raise money to pay for park projects and visitor services. USA citizens and permanent residents who are 62 years or older can purchase the lifetime pass for $10 until August 28.

She said all senior passes will still be valid.

The passes cover entrance and standard amenity (day-use) recreation fees and provide discounts on some expanded amenity recreation fees. 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.

To buy a pass at the park, Barnes said senior citizens must show identification that proves they qualify. Children under 16 are also admitted free.

U.S. citizens or permanent residents 62 years or older are eligible for the Senior Pass.

Whatever the cost, the paid passes are only necessary at 118 of the 417 National Park Service sites, as the other 299 don't charge admission anyway. More information on how to purchase a pass by mail or online can be found at

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