National Park Senior Pass price increase on August 28th

When we posted this in early April, no date had been set for the National Park Senior Pass price increase. The date has been announced. The current $10 lifetime National Park Senior Pass will increase to $80 on August 28, 2017. Get yours today! 

It was the best $10 we ever spent! I’m talking about our lifetime National Park Senior Pass, available the US citizens or permanent residents the day they hit their 62nd birthday. You know that old adage about all good things coming to an end? The writing is on the wall for the $10 National Park Senior Pass. It’s not going away; it’s just getting a lot more expensive. The fee for the lifetime National Park Senior Pass will be going up to $80. If you want to take advantage of the $10 rate, buy your lifetime National Park Senior Pass now. When is the price going up? According to the National Park Service no date has yet been set, but it will be sometime after October. Don’t say we didn’t give you a lot of warning.

Once the rate goes up there will be two options to buy your National Park Senior Pass: pay $80 for a lifetime pass or buy an annual Senior Passes for $20. After you buy four passes the fifth one will be free and forever. They’re currently trying to work out the logistics on this. It’s the government so it’s not simple. Of course, with the current anti-public lands atmosphere in Washington, things could change on a dime.

How to buy your National Park Senior Pass

National Park Senior Pass - Remains of Nuestra Senora de los Angeles at Pecos National Historical Park, photo Steve Collins

Remains of Nuestra Senora de los Angeles at Pecos National Historical Park, photo/Steve Collins

You can buy passes at any National Park office, National Park, National Monument, National Historic Park, online or by mail. Both the Internet and mail-in options have an additional $10 fee, but if you’re not near a National Parks office or site, it’s worth it. Not all sites sell the passes, check out this list of places, state by state, where you can purchase your National Park Senior Pass. (Check with the place before going as the list says it’s subject to change.)

When one of us hit 62 (I won’t say which one) we headed for our local National Parks office and bought our lifetime National Parks Senior Pass. Over the years, we’ve saved a lot of money on admissions to National Parks, National Monuments and National Historical Parks. Once, when we were traveling and had left the pass at home so we purchased a second one (it was cheaper than the park admission). Now we each have one. And since the person named on the pass has to be present, it’s a good idea for each member of a couple to have one in case you travel separately. And really good news: one pass admits everyone in a car (up to 15 people) and will admit the owner and three additional people at sites that charge a per person fee.

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National Park Senior Pass - Adobe silhouettes are all that remain at the once-thriving Fort Union in Northern NM, photo/Steve Collins

Adobe shells are all that’s left of the once-thriving Fort Union in Northern NM, photo/Steve Collins

While New Mexico only has two National Parks there are a number of National Monuments and National Historical Parks. We love being able to go visit National Park sites and not think about what it’s going to cost. While not everyone has this richness of National Park sites as close as we do, it’s great to have a National Parks Senior Pass if you’re planning any US travel.

In 2016, the National Park Centennial, we wanted to get to as many National Park sites as we could. The first half of the year, we weren’t able to leave home but we made up for it in the fall with a road trip through Colorado, Utah and Southern California. We put our pass to good use and saved a lot of money. Here are the places we visited on our National Park Senior Pass in the last year. (We got the most use out of it in Utah on our epic Colorado-Utah-California road trip last fall.

New Mexico

Bandelier National Monument

National Park Senior Pass - Bandelier National Monument is known for its cliff dwellings, photo/Steve Collins

Bandelier National Monument is known for its cliff dwellings, photo/Steve Collins

Bandelier National Monument at about 45 minutes from Santa Fe is easy to visit. Besides ancient cliff dwellings to see, the visitors’ center offers a small museum and videos to watch. There are also extensive hiking trails and campsites available. Between mid-May and mid-October, vehicles (unless they have a disability pass) are not permitted at the site. The exception: cars that arrive before 9am or after 3pm. All others have to board shuttle buses at the White Rock Visitors Center. Bandelier is a great getaway for us; not having to pay admission makes it very inviting for us to go as often as we like. Admission is $20 for everyone traveling in a single vehicle and $10 for people traveling alone. Every time we went our pass saved us $20.

Aztec Ruins National Monument

 

National Park Senior Pass - Remains of an ancestral pueblo at Aztec National Monument, Aztec, NM photo/Billie Frank

Remains of an ancestral pueblo at Aztec National Monument, Aztec, NM photo/Billie Frank

We made a quick stop at Aztec Ruins National Monument home of a 900-year-old great house. The site is small and didn’t require a lot of time to see. Our National Park Senior Pass saved the $5.00 per person admission charge. We saved $10.

Colorado

Mesa Verde

National Park Senior Pass - One of the cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde, photo/Billie Frank

One of the cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde, photo/Billie Frank

Mesa Verde National Monument is bigger than most National Monuments we’ve visited. It is home to the pueblo-style “apartment buildings” that communally housed many people. While most of these can only be viewed from afar, they are a spectacular site. They offer ranger tours seasonally and one site can be visited without a guide, also seasonally. Depending on the season the entrance fee for a carload of up to 15 people is either $15 or $20. Our pass saved us $15.

Utah

Hovenweep National Monument

National Park Senior Pass - Stone tower at Hovenweep, photo Steve Collins

Stone tower at Hovenweep, photo/Steve Collins

Hovenweep National Monument, a bit off the beaten path on the Utah/Colorado border, offers a historic ancestral pueblo without crowds. The site consists of six prehistoric villages built between 1200 and 1300 AD. The loop trail from the Visitors Center takes you on a 90-minute walk around the Square Tower Ruin. We did part of it and only saw a handful of other people as we walked. (We were there off-season; it may get busier in tourist season.) There are four other villages that are located away from the main site. Get directions at the Visitors Center. We didn’t visit these but a volunteer I spoke with suggested people should plan an entire day to see it all. Currently Hovenweep is fee-free, but we didn’t know that until we got there. Since we have our National Park Senior Pass we didn’t even have to think about it.

Arches National Park

National Park Senior Pass - One of the arches at Arches National Park photo Steve Collins

One of the arches at Arches National Park photo/Steve Collins

Arches National Park is one of the most amazing natural sites we’re ever visited. The stunning red rock formations and arches, formed by erosion and other natural events, may literally take your breath away. Even at the end of October it was jammed. I can’t even imagine what it’s like in high season. Besides a scenic drive that will make you ooh and ahh, there are hiking trails. Our drive, with a few stops, took about two hours. Their website says to allow four hours with a ten minute stop at each site (note that parking lots will sometimes be full). If you want to hike allow more time. Go early in the morning to beat the crowds. $25 admits one vehicle. Our National Park Senior Pass saved us $25.

Bryce Canyon National Park

National Park Senior Pass - Some of the spectacular koodoos at Bryce Canyon, photo Billie Frank

Some of the spectacular hoodoos at Bryce Canyon, photo/Billie Frank

Bryce Canyon National Park, is another spectacular place that took our breath away. Those Utah red rock formations are spectacular. Drive up to the top and then drive back down stpping at each pullout to view the stunning rock formations known as hoodoos formed through millennia of erosion and other natural factors. At each stop you get a different view of the canyon. Words and even photos cannot capture the magic of being there in person. Just go! Admission for a carload is $30; our savings $30.

Zion National Park

National Park Senior Pass - Driving through Zion National Park you pass one rock formation after another, photo Billie Frank

Driving through Zion National Park you pass one rock formation after another, photo/Billie Frank

Zion National Park was the most crowded park we’ve visited. We followed a long line of cars crawling up the road. The good news: it was easy to capture photos from the car. We were able to stop at a few pullouts. There is a scenic drive that is closed to cars and accessible only by shuttle bus from mid-March until late November. We wanted to take the shuttle but the park was too busy, even at the end of October, to find a parking spot in the huge lot. We would like to go back early some day and arrive early in the morning before the crowds. Another way to deal with the crowds is by staying at their lodge. You can board a shuttle at the hotel. Access to that area is limited to registered guests only. Plan ahead; it books up way in advance. The fee for a carload is $30. We saved $30.

Arizona

Grand Canyon North Rim

National Park Senior Pass - Grand Canyon from the North Rim, photo/Steve Collins

Grand Canyon from the North Rim, photo/Steve Collins

We visited Grand Canyon’s North Rim after it was officially closed for the season so admission was free. Had we arrived a few weeks earlier, we would have saved the $30 admission fee.

California

Cabrillo National Monument

National Park Senior Pass - The new lighthouse at Cabrillo Point seen from then Pacific photo/Steve Collins

The new lighthouse at Cabrillo Point seen from then Pacific photo/Steve Collins

Cabrillo National Monument, at the end of San Diego’s Point Loma is a great place to visit tide pools. You can also climb to the top of the restored 1855 Old Point Loma Lighthouse. The entrance fee for a carload is $10. Our savings: $10.

We’re sure getting our money’s worth from our $10 lifetime National Park’s Senior Pass. If we did the math over the years, it probably costs us pennies per visit. If you’re 62 or older and don’t yet own a National Park Senior Pass get it now before the price increase. If you turn 62 before it goes up, get it immediately.  If you turn 62 after it goes up to $80, it’s still a good deal, especially if you travel a lot. You don’t have to pop for the entire fee at once. You can go with the annual $20 option. It’s well worth it. In 2016 our National Park Senior Pass saved us $140. Not bad! The National Parks are a national treasure; visit as many as you can.

Note: all admission fees at parks and monuments are good for seven days; save your receipt.

Have a permanent disability? You can get a National Park Pass for free no matter what your age.

One of our travel-blogging friends shared this post and got a question about where this can be used in her area which  is Northern Oregon/Southern Washington. She wrote this blog post in response.

Do you have a National Parks Senior Pass? These boomer travel bloggers do:

 

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179 Responses to “National Park Senior Pass price increase on August 28th”

  1. Joe E. Jones
    April 2, 2017 at 6:08 pm #

    Looks like quite the great deal!! Any idea when the prices are gonna be increased?? Unfortunately, I won’t be 62 for another 6 months, and another year for my wife.

    • Billie Frank
      April 3, 2017 at 12:19 pm #

      The park service doesn’t even know. But, if your birthday is before October, you may be in luck. I was told they wouldn’t go up before then.

      • BJ
        April 8, 2017 at 3:22 pm #

        Great, I turn 62 on Nov 2.

        • Billie Frank
          April 9, 2017 at 2:32 pm #

          Happy early birthday! The pass, according to the NPS person I spoke to isn’t going up until 10/31 and it will probably take a bit longer. Don’t hesitate and buy one right sway!

    • do you think
      April 8, 2017 at 7:46 pm #

      do you think they are checking your ID

      • Billie Frank
        April 9, 2017 at 2:35 pm #

        You do have to show an ID to buy one.

        • David
          April 9, 2017 at 9:53 pm #

          Yes, you will need your id to buy the senior pass and you will need to show your id along with the pass each time you use it.

          Who qualifies for the Senior Pass?
          U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are 62 years or older. (You must have turned 62 before you can buy the pass).

          NOTE: Owning property or paying taxes in the U.S. does not automatically qualify you for a Senior Pass. You must be a permanent U.S. resident, or a U.S. citizen with identification such as U.S. Driver’s License, Green Card or U.S. Passport.
          more information at:
          https://store.usgs.gov/pass/senior.html

          • Billie Frank
            April 9, 2017 at 10:02 pm #

            Thanks, David. Great info.

      • Ralph Davis
        April 12, 2017 at 6:23 pm #

        Absolutely! Birthdate is verified by Drivers license. US citizens or permanent resident ID.
        $10.00 at entrance stations. Online you will be charged a $10.00.handling fee.
        Senior passes are checked at entrance stations with matching ID.
        The good news is these are LIFETIME passes! Half-off at (most) NPS campgrounds!
        I hope that those features do not get eliminated with new fee structure.

        (info from long-time seasonal entrance station employee)

        • Billie Frank
          April 13, 2017 at 7:55 am #

          Thanks for weighing in. As an entrance station employee we know it’s good info. Thanks for adding the half-priced camping.

    • JOAN GODFREY
      April 13, 2017 at 8:00 am #

      it says no date set, but after october.

      • Billie Frank
        April 13, 2017 at 2:39 pm #

        The person I spoke to at the NPS said it wouldn’t be before October and could be later. If you want to be sure to get it, do it now. Things change and it would be sad if you missed it.

  2. Anita
    April 2, 2017 at 11:37 pm #

    Timely advice, and one of the greatest travel bargains ever!

  3. claude Watsky
    April 3, 2017 at 3:01 am #

    Closest park or place to buy pass to Narragansett RI (02882) please.

    Claude

  4. noel
    April 3, 2017 at 11:29 am #

    I’m not quite there in age yet and have been buying an annual pass on a regular basis, wish I could get grandfathered in when I finally turn 62.
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    • Billie Frank
      April 3, 2017 at 12:23 pm #

      Look at it this way- you’re buying the passes anyway and when you hit 62 you can get a lifetime pass and not worry about having to buy them every year. If I could trade the pass to be young again- I would in a heartbeat!

  5. Carole Terwilliger Meyers
    April 3, 2017 at 2:17 pm #

    I have had my National Parks Senior Pass since age 62. Love it. But I didn’t realize it is good for Cabrillo National Monument in San Diego. I plan to make use of it there soon!

    • Billie Frank
      April 3, 2017 at 4:18 pm #

      Those passes are good at all National Parks, Monuments, Historical Sites and even some BLM sites.

      • Heather
        April 14, 2017 at 10:10 pm #

        These are part of the America the Beautiful interagency pass program for many Federal facilities. The US Army Corps of Engineers accepts them for discounted camping as well.

        For those who have proof of permanent disability, the pass is free at any age, and also good for life.

        • Billie Frank
          April 15, 2017 at 3:18 pm #

          We have a post coming out about the Access Pass for the disabled.

    • Billie Frank
      April 6, 2017 at 3:20 pm #

      Yes- all National Parks, Historical Sites, National Monuments and a few BLM sites (I think).

  6. Billie Morrison
    April 4, 2017 at 8:23 pm #

    How and where do apply for a senior pass?

    • Billie Frank
      April 6, 2017 at 3:19 pm #

      The information is in the post in the section about how to buy a Senior Pass.

  7. Jessica
    April 6, 2017 at 1:04 pm #

    There is a third national monument in New Mexico, White Sands near Alamagordo.

  8. Donna Meyer
    April 7, 2017 at 10:32 pm #

    This is such good and timely information. I am going to share this info with all the US “seniors” I know. (Gad, I hate that word!)
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    • Billie Frank
      April 8, 2017 at 1:38 pm #

      I know how you feel about that word-lol. Thanks for sharing it, Donna. It’s such a great perk. Makes getting older a little more palatable.

    • Catherine Livingston
      April 12, 2017 at 2:53 pm #

      We have all been duped to think getting older is a bad thing. Not so! Embrace your wrinkles and gray hair, we have earned them, right? 😉

  9. Debra Pixley
    April 8, 2017 at 8:49 am #

    Can you also get the passes at a National Seashore?

    • Billie Frank
      April 8, 2017 at 1:37 pm #

      I don’t know. I suggest calling the place you want to buy it at and ask.

    • Nick Lavato
      April 15, 2017 at 7:08 am #

      Bought mine at Canaveral National Seashore

  10. Anita @ No Particular Place To Go
    April 8, 2017 at 9:37 am #

    We lived 5 miles away from the Padre Island National Seashore and as soon as Richard turned 62, you can bet we bought the Lifetime Pass as we spent almost every weekend on some portion of the beach. Loved reading about your road trip Billie and it makes me think we’ll have to plan another one to see more of the many National Parks when next we return for a visit to the US. The current administration has made me realize, now, more than ever, what amazing national treasures our parks are!
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    • Billie Frank
      April 8, 2017 at 1:35 pm #

      It’s a great deal and when you live close, an amazing one. Hope you get back and can visit some of the wonderful NPS sites.

  11. Sue Reddel
    April 8, 2017 at 10:59 am #

    This is one instance when it’s disappointing to not be 62 – yet. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see how much the rates will go up.
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    • Billie Frank
      April 8, 2017 at 1:34 pm #

      The increased rates are in the post, Sue (unless they change them again- but not likely because as I understand it, it takes a Congressional vote).

  12. Lucy Wood
    April 8, 2017 at 11:29 am #

    How can I email this to my friend….We are planning a trip to the Grande Canyon and wants to go other places…
    Thanks..

    • Billie Frank
      April 8, 2017 at 1:32 pm #

      Just take the url link from the address bar and paste it into the email. Thanks for sharing the post. Grand Canyon is wonderful. If you put it into the search bar on the right margin of the blog page it will bring up our posts on it.

  13. Karmen
    April 8, 2017 at 12:05 pm #

    How old do you have to be to be considered a ‘senior!’???

  14. Robert W Davison
    April 8, 2017 at 9:42 pm #

    I think I bought a lifetime SR pass a few years ago when we came through Mt Ranier park but don’t have the card or can’t find it.

    • Billie Frank
      April 9, 2017 at 2:37 pm #

      You’ll have to bite the bullet and buy another one before the price goes up. The good news: you got your money’s worth with that one park admission.

  15. Kristin Henning
    April 9, 2017 at 1:39 pm #

    Thanks for the mention, Billie. We love our National Park Pass, and would go for it even at the new rate. Maybe people inspired to get the low rate card this year will consider making a donation to one of the many park foundations that work to fill in the gaps of federal funding. As for us, our road trips are continually drawn around national parks and monuments. We detour for National Parks!
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    • Billie Frank
      April 9, 2017 at 2:39 pm #

      Our pleasure and thanks for the tip about donating. That hadn’t occurred to me. We detour for National Parks as well.

  16. Tom Brakensiek
    April 9, 2017 at 6:19 pm #

    The Forest Service, the National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, USACE, and Bureau of Reclamation honor the Senior Pass at sites where Entrance or Standard Amenity Fee(s) (Day use fees) are charged.
    The pass can be purchased at any of these agencies.

    • Billie Frank
      April 9, 2017 at 10:01 pm #

      I knew about the BLM but not the others. Thanks for adding that, Tom.

  17. Susannah Lewis
    April 9, 2017 at 9:38 pm #

    Can’t find how to sign up! And how to pay the fee.

    • Billie Frank
      April 9, 2017 at 10:01 pm #

      Read the section of the post that deals with how to buy a National Parks Senior Pass.

  18. Pamella J. Wingfield
    April 10, 2017 at 10:48 am #

    So did this end in October of 2016 or in October of 2017???

    • Billie Frank
      April 10, 2017 at 3:34 pm #

      The post is brand-spanking new. It may end in 2017- the National Park Service said it could be longer.

  19. Chris Y,
    April 11, 2017 at 9:07 am #

    Better yet, if you are a disabled Veteran, the pass is totally free. I have mine, my wife paid the $10. We have one for the car and one for taking with us if the admission system is further in.

    • Billie Frank
      April 11, 2017 at 10:42 am #

      Thanks for mentioning that. I’ll add it to the post. I did a bit of research and discovered that people with disabilities are eligible for free park passes at any age.

  20. Thompson's​
    April 11, 2017 at 10:25 am #

    We have enjoyed our passes for several years. I bought one at the forest service in Roseburg. Danny bought his at death valley.

    • Billie Frank
      April 11, 2017 at 10:43 am #

      Glad you’re enjoying your passes! We love ours.

  21. Valerie Gorlitz
    April 11, 2017 at 11:04 am #

    How do I buy the pass ?

    • Billie Frank
      April 11, 2017 at 1:45 pm #

      Go to the section of the post called How to buy your National Park Senior Pass. It’s all there.
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    • Patricia Priebe
      April 11, 2017 at 1:48 pm #

      You can buy the pass online, but it will cost you an extra ten dollars. It was worth it to me as I’m not near anywhere to get it.
      Just Google Senior National Park Pass.

      • Billie Frank
        April 11, 2017 at 3:47 pm #

        We actually have both the Internet and by mail information to get the passes remotely and do not it costs an extra $10, but as you note, if you’re not close to a place that sells them it’s worth it.

  22. Dave
    April 11, 2017 at 5:35 pm #

    What are the parks in Mass? I s there a full list?

  23. Theresa
    April 11, 2017 at 10:46 pm #

    Google “National Park Senior Pass” and all the information is there and also lists of all the Parks across the United States, including Hawaii. Enjoyed Cabrillo Monument and Tide pools just yesterday.

  24. RK
    April 12, 2017 at 3:38 am #

    Pass is good for all federal lands with recreational areas charging fees, so in addition to national parks also covers other federal lands with recreation. Fee areas such as wildlife refuges, national forests, bureau of land management, corps of engineers and bureau of reclamation. Here’s a list by state where you can purchase the pass: https://store.usgs.gov/pass/PassIssuanceList.pdf. Best news is that funds go back into acquiring and managing federal lands for public benefit.

    • Billie Frank
      April 12, 2017 at 9:59 am #

      Thanks for the info and the link to the places where people can purchase the pass. Will add it to the post.

  25. Elba Bates
    April 12, 2017 at 7:09 am #

    I am
    66 I live in Florida do I can used it on all parks

    • Billie Frank
      April 12, 2017 at 10:00 am #

      The National Park Senior Pass is good at all National Park administered sites as well as other federal lands.

  26. Flavia McQueen
    April 12, 2017 at 7:29 am #

    When I try to buy online the senior pass is $20 each, why is that ?
    thank you for your help

    • Billie Frank
      April 12, 2017 at 10:01 am #

      I believe it’s a service fee, but if you want to know for sure, contact the National Park Service,

  27. Virginia Warren
    April 12, 2017 at 8:42 am #

    Is the one I got when I was 65 and they gave it to me as we were going in to Grand Canyon still good we didn’t have to pay for it or for my 2 grandkids and daughter they told me then it was for as long as I love I’m still loving and almost 80 years old

    • Billie Frank
      April 12, 2017 at 10:02 am #

      I would guess it is but to be sure, check with the National Park Service. How wonderful that you got it for free. Hope it’s gotten a lot of use!

  28. Nicky Leach
    April 12, 2017 at 8:59 am #

    If you have a favorite park, then consider purchasing your senior, veterans, or parks pass there at the entrance gate or the ranger desk. Last time I looked, the money went directly to the park, so it is a good way to support your parks. Good info, Steve and Billie. If you aren’t eligible for the senior pass, definitely consider buying an annual America the Beautiful Parks Pass for $80. With some of the major national parks now charging very high entrance fees, even if you are only visiting the US, if you go to several sites you have paid for it. Not only that, everyone in the car is covered.

    • Billie Frank
      April 12, 2017 at 10:05 am #

      Thanks for the kind words, Nicky. Great advice. The America the Beautiful Pass is definitely a great deal if you’re going to multiple parks.

  29. Susie
    April 12, 2017 at 9:15 am #

    where is a park close to Topeka, Ks. or Lincoln, Nebr. that I can get this pass at?

  30. David
    April 12, 2017 at 2:34 pm #

    Your Arches photo appears to be Natural Bridges NM.

    • Billie Frank
      April 12, 2017 at 2:52 pm #

      As we took that photo and have never been to Natural Bridges and it’s date-stamped for the day we were at Arches, we’re going with Arches.

  31. Donna
    April 12, 2017 at 2:39 pm #

    Is there an address in Washington State to get the pass?

  32. Caroline
    April 12, 2017 at 3:08 pm #

    where can I purchase this? thank you.

    • Billie Frank
      April 12, 2017 at 4:06 pm #

      It’s in the post in the section called “How to buy your National Park Senior Pass” -information, links etc.

  33. Suketu
    April 12, 2017 at 5:15 pm #

    Come on! Yes, it’s going up in price and if you qualify definitely buy the pass before it does. But it’s not the end of the world paying $80 for a lifetime pass to the National Parks! The money goes to the parks right (I suppose!). I went to Death Valley two weeks ago and forgot my pass at home and happily paid the $25. I like supporting the Parks!

    • Billie Frank
      April 12, 2017 at 5:42 pm #

      Many seniors are on a fixed income and appreciate being able to save $70. By the way, if you forget your pass at home you can buy another one for $10 until the price goes up. I think you can also donate money to the parks. You can check with them.

      • Suketu
        April 14, 2017 at 2:14 pm #

        Oh yes, i did not want to down play the savings of $70. I am thrifty and save wherever i can. I feel that the Parks are such a great deal that giving them some more money is OK. But yes, it’s because I can afford to. I am not rich mind you!

        I had to buy a week pass for the car at dispenser outside the ranger station which was closed and it did not have the option of buying a senior pass so i went ahead and paid the $25. Otherwise yes, i would have paid $10 for another one.

        • Billie Frank
          April 14, 2017 at 4:15 pm #

          Those dispensers aren’t any help if you need to buy a pass. But they do need the money- great attitude!

  34. Joyce West
    April 12, 2017 at 5:32 pm #

    Is there anyway to save money if I am younger 57, but disabled?

    • Billie Frank
      April 12, 2017 at 5:43 pm #

      I believe people with permanent disabilities can get a free parks pass. Check with the National Park Service.

  35. Chris
    April 12, 2017 at 9:01 pm #

    Well, that doesn’t help me when I just turned 54!

    • Billie Frank
      April 13, 2017 at 7:56 am #

      When you hit 62 you can buy one at the increased rate. Still a great deal!

  36. Frank Lee
    April 12, 2017 at 9:58 pm #

    $10 was a ridiculously cheap price. These days, “seniors” have all the money, pensions, and gas-guzzling RVs.

    It’s young families and poor people who need benefits like this. Not “seniors.”

    It’s about time it went up.

    • Billie Frank
      April 13, 2017 at 7:57 am #

      Just like younger people are in all economic brackets, seniors are as well. Many are on a fixed income and struggle to make ends meet. Wouldn’t it be great if National Parks were free to all. Talk to your Congressional representatives.

    • Pat
      April 13, 2017 at 6:01 pm #

      I’m a senior and I have none of that you mentioned. There are a lot of us seniors that struggle from day to say to make ends meet. It’s not just young people.

  37. Michael Everett
    April 13, 2017 at 1:43 am #

    I got mine 14 years ago in Big Bend NP. Last summer I was entering Joshua Tree NP and couldn’t find my pass. I bought a new one and then found the first one. I’d advise anyone to get an extra $10 pass and keep it in a safe place as a spare. Seems there’s hardly a day goes by the Feds (not the NPS) take another shot at Seniors.

    • Billie Frank
      April 13, 2017 at 7:58 am #

      Great idea about buying and extra one just in case.

  38. Karin
    April 13, 2017 at 8:01 am #

    The link that says where to buy takes me to the app store!

    • Billie Frank
      April 13, 2017 at 2:38 pm #

      The link takes me to the USGS store so not sure what’s happening with you. Try again.

  39. karl Greenblatt
    April 13, 2017 at 9:01 am #

    Cant find the link to buy online?

    • Billie Frank
      April 13, 2017 at 2:37 pm #

      It’s in the section called “How to buy your National Park Senior Pass.”

  40. Renée Irvin
    April 13, 2017 at 9:09 am #

    We have had our pass for about four years and just this past March, we did 23 National Parks and Monuments. We are so glad to have the pass. Even the higher rate is well worth the price! Thanks

    • Billie Frank
      April 13, 2017 at 2:36 pm #

      How great that you got to so many parks and monuments. With that amount you’d still do great with the higher rate or an America the Beautiful pass. Happy travels!

  41. Wendy Timberman
    April 13, 2017 at 2:45 pm #

    Last year, my husband and I went to 3 National Park sites in Boston and they did not sell the pass. Fanuel Hall, Bunker Hill, the visitor center and National Park center next to the Old State House. They told him that we would have to go to the John Adams House in Quincy, Mass. My husband also checked on-line and if you order on-line it is $20 with processing fee. We will try again before October. Since we hike around historic places and visit National Parks, we will try the other locations listed. $20 is still a good deal, but as teachers, we are looking for the life-time fee as advertised.
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    • Billie Frank
      April 13, 2017 at 3:00 pm #

      Check the list we added to the post on where you can buy National Park passes- but call before you go as it says that list is subject to change. Yes there is a $10 additional fee for getting it online. It may be worth it for the savings on time and gas. Check with them on how long it’s taking to fill these as someone said they’d been waiting over a month.

  42. Luzia Willms
    April 13, 2017 at 2:46 pm #

    Is this the same as the National Seashore pass for seniors?

    • Billie Frank
      April 13, 2017 at 3:02 pm #

      I’d never heard of the National Seashore pass so I called the National Park Service. The person I spoke to hadn’t heard of it either. Our best guess is that you have a senior pass, but as we haven’t seen it we don’t know. The senior pass says “Senior Pass” on it.

  43. Gramma to 26
    April 13, 2017 at 3:35 pm #

    Thanks for the reminder. My late hubby got his pass about 20 yrs ago or so. I think it may have been free back then. Since his passing, I’ve had it on my to-do list to get one for myself , though I have no plans to go to a National Park at the moment. Great to be able to do it on-line! The extra $10 will be worth it so I don’t need to travel yet to get it.

    • Billie Frank
      April 14, 2017 at 9:28 am #

      No time like the present to get that item off the to-do list. I agree that the extra $10 is worth it if you don’t have a place to buy it close to home.

  44. Gramma to 26
    April 13, 2017 at 3:41 pm #

    We went to Boulder Dam a few years ago thinking it was a National Historical site or something and after paying a big parking fee and hiking several big blocks, found our pass was not good there. Apparently it is run by the Bureau of Reclamation or something like that!

  45. Mitzi Rothman
    April 13, 2017 at 8:46 pm #

    How do I upload my ID to this site?

    • Billie Frank
      April 14, 2017 at 9:30 am #

      You have to call the USGS and ask them. We got ours in person and haven’t used the site. Good luck!

  46. Leslie L DeMeyere
    April 14, 2017 at 3:31 am #

    Would like to get lifetime pass. Could I please get a addressto mail or email where I can buy this pass, thank you

    • Billie Frank
      April 14, 2017 at 9:34 am #

      I don’t have either an address or email for them. In the section on the post titled “How to buy your National Park Senior Pass” there are links to buying online and by mail as well as a link to a state-by-state directory of places that sell them.

  47. Sheryl
    April 14, 2017 at 7:13 am #

    Thanks for thinking of us! Rory got the $10 one 3 years ago at 62 so we are all set!!!

    • Billie Frank
      April 14, 2017 at 9:35 am #

      Excellent! Hope you’ve gotten a bunch of use out of it.

  48. Tedy Becker
    April 14, 2017 at 7:44 am #

    Is the America The Beautiful card, the same as the National Park Senior Pass? Does it offer the same discounts? What would be the advantage to buy a National Park Senior Park card?

    • Billie Frank
      April 14, 2017 at 9:37 am #

      I believe the American the Beautiful is the annual $80 pass. Check with the National Park Service to be sure. A senior pass is a one-time fee of $10 before the price goes up.

  49. Ana Miller
    April 14, 2017 at 8:45 am #

    Is this the same as the golden access pass

    • Billie Frank
      April 14, 2017 at 9:37 am #

      I believe so. but check with the National Park Service to be sure.

    • Heather
      April 14, 2017 at 10:21 pm #

      The Golden Age and Golden Access passes were issued under the old program, but are still accepted. The new America the Beautiful pass program functions in a very similar way, and is accepted by several Federal agencies.

      I work in outdoor recreation and help people acquire and use these all the time for camping fee discounts. Will definitely pass this on! (No pun intended)

    • David Warner
      April 20, 2017 at 5:41 pm #

      The Golden Age pass is being phased out and replaced by the America the Beautiful pass. It is still effective, however.

      • Billie Frank
        April 22, 2017 at 2:52 pm #

        The Golden Age pass can still be used but is no longer issued. It was replaced by the Senior Pass.

  50. Billie Frank
    April 14, 2017 at 9:29 am #

    If you mean to replace your Senior Pass you’ll have to buy a new one. They don’t reissue lost or stolen ones.

  51. Virginia Cebell
    April 14, 2017 at 10:50 am #

    This is the most exciting news about turning 62 years old on May 27, 2017! Thanks for the heads up!!!

  52. Billie Frank
    April 14, 2017 at 11:19 am #

    Everything we know about this is in the post. We’re provided links to buy the Senior Passes in the section called “How to buy your National Park Senior Pass” on the post. If you have additional questions, contact the National Park Service.

  53. Jim MacDonald
    April 14, 2017 at 1:30 pm #

    Not all NPS sites carry the pass. I work at a non fee park, we have no entrance fee. We do not carry the pass. Best bet is to call first. I went to a park that does sell the pass but they were out.

    • Billie Frank
      April 14, 2017 at 1:52 pm #

      I knew that and that’s why I had the link to places that sell passes. Clearly it wasn’t clear so I added a sentence. Thanks for your vigilance.

  54. Kerwin
    April 14, 2017 at 1:51 pm #

    Billie,

    This is really good info. I’m not yet 62, but my parents are and I know many people who are so I’ll let them know.

    Kerwin.

    • Billie Frank
      April 14, 2017 at 1:55 pm #

      When you’re 62 you can get one at the higher price. Still worth it. We appreciate people sharing it. That’s how we got all this traffic.

  55. Larry
    April 14, 2017 at 3:48 pm #

    Great post. I found out about access passes for those of us that are disabled. Thanks

    • Billie Frank
      April 14, 2017 at 4:17 pm #

      Thanks! People were asking about passes for disabled so I researched it and we’ll be getting a post up about it on Sunday. Glad you got the information. If you know people who need it, send them over to the blog late Sunday or Monday and it will be there.

    • Billie Frank
      April 15, 2017 at 3:04 pm #

      Great!

  56. Sharon Sullenberger
    April 14, 2017 at 7:54 pm #

    Please send information for a pass

    • Billie Frank
      April 15, 2017 at 3:07 pm #

      The information is in the “How to buy your National Park Senior Pass” on our post. If you want something sent to you contact the National Park Service.

  57. Judy de Chantal
    April 14, 2017 at 9:21 pm #

    Is this the same as Golden Age Passport?

    • Billie Frank
      April 15, 2017 at 3:17 pm #

      I believe so but to be sure, check with the National Park Service.

  58. Sfranco
    April 15, 2017 at 5:31 am #

    Just like the psers retirement loophole, we are 2 years short and will miss it😣

    • Billie Frank
      April 15, 2017 at 3:20 pm #

      You can still get one when you hit 62- it will just be a bit more expensive, but if you go to the National Parks or other sites that are accessed by the passes.

  59. Paula
    April 15, 2017 at 10:27 am #

    How do you get the permit?

    • Billie Frank
      April 15, 2017 at 3:23 pm #

      The information is in the “How to buy your National Park Senior Pass” section of this post.

  60. Cookie scott
    April 15, 2017 at 12:30 pm #

    I found no form to buy $10 lifetime senior pass

    • Billie Frank
      April 15, 2017 at 3:24 pm #

      If you’re trying to buy it by mail- there’s a link in the “How to buy your National Park Senior Pass” of this post. There is a form there. For online purchases click on that link and follow the instructions.

  61. Eileen
    April 16, 2017 at 3:22 pm #

    Does one pass cover a couple, or do users each need to have their own pass?

    • Billie Frank
      April 16, 2017 at 5:01 pm #

      Yes one pass covers a couple. There’s complete information on who a pass admits at the bottom of the section titles “How to buy your National Park Senior Pass.”

  62. Texas001
    April 17, 2017 at 4:17 am #

    I find that the pass costs $20 and not $10. ong Name: America The Beautiful – The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass (kit, includes brochure and hangtag) The Pass will have the Customer’s Name Printed on it.
    Version Date: 2017
    Pieces: 3
    Price:
    $20.00 USD

    • Billie Frank
      April 17, 2017 at 8:12 am #

      The passes are $10 if you buy them in person and $20 if you by them online or by mail. The America the Beautiful Pass is a different pass- the one we wrote about is the Senior Pass.

      • Madaline Chandelle-Hansen
        April 17, 2017 at 3:10 pm #

        I wish to buy a pass – how do I do that?

        • Billie Frank
          April 17, 2017 at 3:17 pm #

          The section in the post called “How to buy your National Park Senior Pass” has the instructions on how to buy the pass.

  63. S. Ray
    April 17, 2017 at 6:20 am #

    Thanks for this heads up.

  64. Karen
    April 17, 2017 at 6:26 am #

    Can we purchase them now even though we are not 62 and start using when we turn 62. We are in our 50’s

    • Billie Frank
      April 17, 2017 at 8:15 am #

      You have to be 62 and show proof of age to get the pass.

  65. Susan Hinton
    April 17, 2017 at 12:55 pm #

    Boo, I won’t be 62 until Feb. 2018.

    • Billie Frank
      April 17, 2017 at 3:16 pm #

      You can still get a lifetime pass- you’ll just have to pay more but it’s still a great deal!

  66. Sherry Gennaro
    April 18, 2017 at 4:57 pm #

    So I will be 62 in June I suppose I have to wait until then to buy?

  67. Pam Hill
    April 20, 2017 at 12:24 pm #

    I am trying to purchase a senior pass

    • Billie Frank
      April 22, 2017 at 2:54 pm #

      The information on how to buy a pass is in the post.

  68. David
    April 20, 2017 at 2:24 pm #

    The passes are good for any federal park, not just National Parks. Look up USACE, Bureau of Land Management, etc.

  69. David Warner
    April 20, 2017 at 5:44 pm #

    I would also recommend keeping it in your wallet and not your glove compartment. I went to Put-in-Bay, OH and took a ferry, only to find out there was a national monument, and my Access Pass was back on the mainland!

    • Billie Frank
      April 22, 2017 at 2:53 pm #

      Great idea! We each have one, one is in the glove compartment and on in a wallet. If the wallet is lost or stolen we can still get in.

  70. Ryan Biddulph
    April 26, 2017 at 7:16 pm #

    That deal could not get better Billie. Now just to wait 20 plus years 😉 Seriously though, it is quite amazing to grab a 10 buck lifetime pass because American’s National Parks are epic. Best I’ve seen in the world. Even though some countries have more eye-popping beauty the parks in the USA are professionally-run. Safe. Comfortable, in their own right. And just the best I’ve seen.

    Ryan
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    • Billie Frank
      April 27, 2017 at 10:39 am #

      The US National Parks are amazing. There’s some real eye-popping beauty in some of the parks: Grand Canyon, Bryce, Arches, Yosemite- I could go on and on!

      • Ryan Biddulph
        July 16, 2017 at 6:29 am #

        True true. And now it’s time to take advantage of this pass for folks before the price jump.

        • Billie Frank
          July 16, 2017 at 1:20 pm #

          Spread the word! Want to reach as many seniors as possible before the price goes up.

  71. Carol Colborn
    July 17, 2017 at 1:49 am #

    Thanks for this! I am in Melbourne so I am happy there is an online option!!!

  72. Irene S. Levine
    July 17, 2017 at 4:55 am #

    Yes, indeed, this is a bargain and your photos show some of the reasons why!
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  73. Carole Terwilliger Meyers
    July 17, 2017 at 7:35 pm #

    This is such valuable information. Fortunately, I bought my pass a few years ago on a trip to Yosemite so I am set.

    • Billie Frank
      July 19, 2017 at 5:34 pm #

      Pass it on, Carole. Your friends, family and readers will thank you.

  74. Marilyn Jones
    July 19, 2017 at 8:43 am #

    Thank you for the heads up!! I also enjoyed reading your National Park information. The photos brought back so many wonderful memories of my travels.
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    • Billie Frank
      July 19, 2017 at 5:36 pm #

      It was a fun post to write and we know it’s helped a lot of people. It got a lot of shares.

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