Seniors Running Out Of Time For Lifetime $10 National Parks Passes

Published: Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 5:00am
Updated: Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 10:52pm

The price of a lifetime National Parks pass for U.S. citizens over 62 years old has been $10 since 1994, but it won’t be for much longer.

Congress passed legislation in December boosting the price to $80.

“The majority of National Parks are free for everybody all the time and so this would be for the 126 parks that charge an entrance fee,” said National Park Service spokesperson Kathy Kupper.

In Arizona that includes the Grand Canyon, Saguaro National Park and Sunset Crater.

“It’s a great deal. In fact, it’s a great deal at the new price coming up, but it’s an even better deal at $10,” Kupper said.

Kupper said the price hike will start in the next six to eight months. The additional money stays within the National Parks and goes toward visitor services.

Another change is a new $20 annual pass for citizens 62 and older. After four years of buying $20 passes, seniors could upgrade to a lifetime pass without an additional charge.

Find out where to buy National Parks pass here.

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