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National Parks Senior Pass Price Jumps From $10 to $80, Increase Takes Effect Aug. 28
Updated July 14, 2017 6:53 AM
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(UNDATED) - 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 lifetime Senior Pass will increase from $10 to $80. The legislation also establishes an annual Senior Pass for $20.

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The additional revenue will be used to enhance the visitor experience in parks.

The price of the America the Beautiful - The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass is increasing as result of the Centennial Legislation P.L. 114-289 passed by the US Congress on December 16, 2016.

The legislation states that the cost of the lifetime Senior Pass be equal to the cost of the annual America the Beautiful - The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass, which is currently $80.

The legislation also establishes an annual Senior Pass for $20. That pass is valid for one year from the date of issuance. Four annual Senior Passes purchased in prior years can be traded in for a lifetime 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.

There are benefits with a Senior Pass. 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).

Additionally, access to the majority of National Park Service sites remains free - only 118 of 417 National Park Service sites have an entrance fee.

Those with current lifetime passes will remain valid. All benefits of the current Senior Pass stay the same.

Passes are non-refundable and non-transferable and cannot be replaced if lost or stolen. If lost or stolen, a new pass will need to be purchased.

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

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.



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