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The best bargain in Federal lands—the $10 Lifetime National Parks Pass offered to seniors since 1994—will be headed the way of countless other park service amenities with a price hike next month.
The America the Beautiful Senior Pass, which has offered anyone 62 years of age or older lifetime entrance to National Parks and other federal recreation sites for just $10, will jump up to the regular $80 price point beginning August 28. It will remain a lifetime pass. A new $10 annual senior pass will also be available.
The price change follows Congressional legislation passed in 2016, in preparation for the NPS centennial, explicitly outlining the pricing change. According to the park service, the fee change will support park maintenance and other budget concerns. Last year the agency sold more than 662,000 Senior Passes. Seniors have until August 28 to purchase the pass while it remains at $10, at any national park or federal recreation site, or online.