Time is running out to get one of the best deals on the planet. The price of a lifetime pass to America’s National Parks for those of us 62 and older jumps from $10 to $80 on August 27th, so get your pass now to avoid the the price increase.
It’s first price increase for the Senior Pass since 1994.
The new fee is part of a larger move to pay for major projects and enhanced services in the National Park System, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2017.
National Park Service website with full information about passes.
You can purchase regular passes or senior passes without an extra charge at facility operated by the NPS, including National Monument sites and National Historic sites.
Passes purchased online carry an additional service fee of $10 and a $5 handling fee, for a total cost of $25. Still a bargain.
If you are not yet 62, an annual parks pass is $20, which you can apply to the cost of a lifetime pass at a later point.
Recently, Congress approved the National Park Service Centennial Act, that raises fees and sets up an endowment to help pay for projects and visitor services. The move is intended to improve the visitor experience and provide more opportunities to volunteer in parks across the country.
Even at $80 is a great deal. But $10 is better, so don’t delay. Along with saving you money, a NPS pass also helps speed admission to parks, historic sites and landmarks administered by the National Park Service.