National Parks to increase Lifetime Senior Pass fee from $10 to $80

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The increase is a result of the Centennial Legislation passed in December.

Then Senior Pass is a lifetime pass that gives people who are 62 or over, and citizens or permanent residents of the United States, lifetime access to more than 2,000 federal sites and parks nationwide, administered by the National Park Service and five other federal agencies.

The cost for a senior pass will jump from $10 to $80.

The increase starts on August 28.


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. The first $10 million collected from senior pass sales goes to the fund and the money will go to projects and activities to further the mission and goal of the National Park Service. The legislation also introduces a new $20 Annual Senior Pass, which, if bought four years in a row, will be exchangeable for the lifetime pass. There are no annual or monthly fees. "Senior lifetime passes also have the additional benefit of having everyone in their auto admitted for free".

Of the 417 national parks, 118 have entrance fees ranging from $10 and $30 per vehicle. Seniors can also purchase online or by mail (postmarked by August 28), but will be charged an additional $10 processing charge.

As Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott said, "We hope people will drop by at the Bandelier Visitor Center, pick up their pass, and have a great day enjoying the park".

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