Monday, December 12, 2016

Price of US national parks lifetime Senior Pass may go up dramatically, get yours now

If you are at least 62 years old you can get a Senior Pass (formerly the Golden Age Pass) "A $10.00 lifetime pass that provides access to more than 2,000 recreation sites managed by five Federal agencies, with up to 100% of the proceeds being used to improve and enhance visitor recreation services," according to the US Geological Survey where you can purchase the pass.

But Congress has passed H.R. 4680: National Park Service Centennial Act (track it here www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/114/hr4680) and the senate passed a companion bill on December 10 which changes the price of the lifetime pass to track with the America the Beautiful Pass which is currently $80. The legislation is likely to be signed quickly by the President and the price increase may take effect immediately.

You can purchase the Senior Pass online (for $20 which includes the $10 pass price and a $10 online processing fee), by mail (also $20), or in person ($10) at locations listed here (scroll way down for locations in WV) https://store.usgs.gov/pass/PassIssuanceList.pdf. For more information and links to purchase go to this USGS page https://store.usgs.gov/pass/senior.html.

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