Lifetime national park pass for seniors see drastic price hike

Lifetime national park pass for seniors see drastic price hike

Lifetime national park pass for seniors see drastic price hike

The price of a lifetime senior pass for U.S. National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands is going up significantly on August 28 from $10 to $80.

Lifetime senior passes purchased prior to the price increase on August 28 will remain valid and will not need to be renewed at the higher price. The legislation also establishes an annual Senior Pass for $20.

After the price hike was announced, the $10 passes began selling at a record rate, said National Park Service spokeswoman Kathy Kupper.

The fee increase was mandated by Congress as part of December 2016 legislation to raise money to pay for park projects and visitor services.

The Senior Pass has been $10 since 1994.

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.

An annual Senior Pass can also be purchased for $20. That pass is valid for one year from the date of issuance.

Since the legislation was announced, the National Park Service has seen an unprecedented demand for the lifetime ticket. Kupper said so far this year theyve sold 100,000 online. Seniors must be at least 62 years old on the day the pass is bought.

She said processing mail or online orders could take several months because of the spike in requests. It offers access to more than 2,000 sites managed by the National Park Service and others.

The pass can be purchased at a national park or other federal recreation area that charges an entrance fee.

There are benefits with a Senior Pass.

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