National Park Lifetime Senior Pass Cost Increase


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National Park Lifetime Senior Pass Cost Increase

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Older people can expect a big jump sometime this year in the fee for a lifetime pass to visit national parks
as part of a larger move to pay for major projects and enhanced services.

The fee for a lifetime pass for citizens 62 and older will go from $10 to $80. The $10 fee applies to a pass
purchased in person at a local park office, such as the Croatan Office on US-70 between New Bern and Havelock
or you can apply on line for a lifetime pass and pay $20.

National Park Service officials are unsure how long it will take to implement the change, but it’s expected before the end of 2017.
Meantime, they are spreading the word informally. “We don’t want anyone to feel blindsided and say, ‘Why didn’t anyone tell us
about this,’” said Kathy Kupper, a Park Service spokeswoman. “We don’t know whether we’ll get any pushback. It [the higher fee]
is still a great deal.”

In December 2016, Congress approved legislation, the National Park Service Centennial Act, that raises fees and sets up an endowment
to help pay for projects and visitor services. The cost of the senior pass has not been increased since 1994 when it jumped to $10.


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I only WISH Canada Parks had a pass along those lines. :roll: Even at $100 it would be a bargain!! 8-)

Although in celebrating out Nation's 150th Birthday, they are offering a free Discovery Pass, (even postage!) which saves you about $9.80/person/day!!

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Cal3san, I certainly understand the $80 fee as that is reasonable for what you get, but is this also going to be retroactive on those with the ole $10 pass?
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harvey01 wrote:Cal3san, I certainly understand the $80 fee as that is reasonable for what you get, but is this also going to be retroactive on those with the ole $10 pass?
If you have the $10 pass, it's for life ..... it will remain the same.

This increase just applies to passes bought after it goes into effect.
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Just got mine 2 weeks ago! Can't wait to use it!
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I bought mine online and got it in the mail last week. $20, a bargain.
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I've had that 10 dollar pass for a long time. So when I heard it was going up i went and bought another one so If I lost or destroyed the one I have I would not have to pay 80 freeaakin dollars for something I already paid for.
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Rayvn wrote: Fri Oct 20, 2017 9:16 pm I've had that 10 dollar pass for a long time. So when I heard it was going up i went and bought another one so If I lost or destroyed the one I have I would not have to pay 80 freeaakin dollars for something I already paid for.
I tried to buy a second one at the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park in August, and the ranger there told me buying a second one would automatically void the first one. He said not allowed to have two active passes, they have drivers license # and could easily do this. Don't know for sure but was informed of this by national park ranger.
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I understand there may also be an increase in entrance fees to many of the national parks.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/ene ... 0c64939fb9

Unfortunately, I am still a ways under 62y to qualify for the senior discount. Is there a lifetime fee for me anyway that would still be cheaper before they go up any further?
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No lifetime pass except for us old folks. https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/passes.htm
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I believe one can also get the lifetime pass if one has handicapped plates on their vehicle...
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I have a lifetime pass that cost nothing if you are a disabled vet. Believe just being a vet gets one too. Check at the entrance.


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