National Park Service to increase prices of senior passes eightfold


The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass is increasing as result of the Centennial Legislation.

Cuyahoga Valley park spokeswoman Pamela Barnes said pass sales have steadily increased in recent months, and the park expects they'll rise even more before the price changes.

Yosemite National Park Ranger Jamie Richards said the price jump will take effect August 28.

In Michigan, the lifetime passes can be purchased at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Isle Royale National Park, and other national forests and wildlife refuges in the state.

The America the handsome passes are sold at the McNary National Wildlife Refuge office in Burbank without the $10 processing fee and delay of several months if purchased online.

"The fee increase helps to pay for visitor amenities and other improvements in national parks and other federal lands", Acadia National Park spokesman John Kelly.

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Currently, the lifetime passes are $10.

One can also be obtained by mail or online, but there will be an additional $10 charge for processing.

Online pass buyers must pay a $10 handling fee on top of the $10 pass fee, she said.

"You can buy an annual senior pass for 20 dollars or a lifetime pass for 80 dollars". The legislation also introduces a new annual Senior Pass that can be purchased for $20. In parks that charge per-vehicle admission, the passes cover entry for all occupants in a non-commercial vehicle.

Any U.S. citizen or permanent resident 62 or older is eligible for the pass. If the site charges a fee per person, the senior pass admits the senior and three other adults.