Senior citizen passes for national parks to increase by $70 starting August

Senior citizen passes for national parks to increase by $70 starting August

Senior citizen passes for national parks to increase by $70 starting August

The time to buy a lifetime Senior Pass to our national parks is now - or at least before August 28, 2017, when the price will increase from $10 to $80.

The legislation mandating the price hike also includes a new payment plan to help seniors get a lifetime pass.

The price jump happens August 28.

The National Park Service offers a variety of park passes to encourage people to visit the roughly 2,000 public lands or recreation areas operated by the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management, Board of Reclamation, Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service.

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Locally, the pass can be used to obtain free tours of the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt Historic Site, the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site and the Vanderbilt Mansion Historic Site in Hyde Park.

"One way people who are getting the senior pass can spread out the cost, they can purchase a pass annually for four years at $20 each year.so, that after four years, they can convert those for annual passes to a lifetime pass.so, if there's a tight budget they can spread out that cost over four years". The National Park Service also increased the pass due to the Centennial Legislation passed in December 2016. There are no annual or monthly fees. "But I don't think this will affect National Parks".

Until then, you can still purchase the lifetime senior pass for $10 at any federal recreational site or online. The higher fee will help set up an endowment to help pay for projects and visitor services.

For folks traveling cross-country, these passes make access to parks much easier.

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