BIG NEWS! No more discounts for seniors. The National Park Service is raising park admission costs for seniors. It used to be that seniors could buy a lifetime pass for just $10, but not anymore. So if you are 62 or older and have any interest in visiting America’s national parks, you need to buy a park pass ASAP.
Here’s what you need to know:
What: A Lifetime NP Pass is what it says. It is a one-time fee for a pass that is good for a lifetime. So even if you won’t be visiting any parks this year, get the pass now while you can lock in this price.
Deadline: August 27, 2017
Cost: Seniors can still buy a pass for $10, but after 8/27 the price goes up to $80, which means that seniors will now pay what all other adults pay. Orders must be postmarked by 8/28 and there is a $10 processing fee if purchasing by mail or online, but there is NO fee if you buy the pass in person.
Age Restrictions: This pass is only for seniors 62 and older. Valid proof of age is required at time of purchase.
How: You can buy in person right on the spot at one of their designated sites or through their store. Due to high demand, the wait time is 8-12 weeks if you buy online. There is no wait time if you buy the pass in person. The list of designated sites is available on the store link.
Who: If you are military, permanently disabled, a U.S. 4th grader, or a volunteer who has contributed 250 hours, you are exempt. You do NOT need a pass to enter our parks.
To get a list of all national parks or to learn more about the National Park Service, click here.
A Few Fun Facts About Some of Our Parks…
*There are no roads in Lake Clark National Park (Alaska)
*Some rocks in the Grand Canyon National Park date back more than two billion years
*Wrangell St. Elias National Park (Alaska) is bigger than nine U.S. states
*Alligators measuring up to fifteen feet long are commonly seen in Florida’s Everglades National Park
*The most visited park is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with more than ten million visitors annually
*Our national parks system was established more than 100 years ago