Though a hefty number of National Parks are free for all, many still charge a fee. And with the coffers a bit low, NPS is raising entry prices across the board. Now comes word that what used to be one the best deals around is about to be a bit less of a deal.
The National Parks Service plans to increase the price of a Lifetime Pass for Seniors (62+) from $10 to $80. The extra money will be used to enhance park services.
According to AARP, an annual pass for older adults also will increase to $20 per year, but you can apply that to the cost of the lifetime pass down the road, if you so choose. The change is expected some time in 2017, but no firm date has been set.
$80 for life is still not bad, but obviously you’ll feel less of a pinch if you get the Parks pass before the price change.
Our advice: If you qualify, buy yours now. If purchased online, you’ll pay $20 ($10 plus a $10 processing fee). If you purchase at any federal recreation site (you may be surprised to find one close to you), the fee is just $10. Learn about the various NPS Passes here.
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