NATIONAL PARKS/FEDERAL RECREATIONAL LANDS SENIOR PASS TO INCREASE EIGHTFOLD
DUARTE, CA, August, 2017 - Beginning August 28, 2017, the Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass will increase from $10 to $80. The lifetime pass has not increased since 1994 and the new revenue will be used to enhance the visitor experience throughout every National park in the country; currently more than 2,000 recreation sites managed by 6 federal agencies. Senior Passes purchased before August 28, 2017, will be grandfathered in at the old rate and are good for life.
The basis for the change was the desire by the Federal government to have the cost of the lifetime Senior Pass equal to the cost of the annual “America the Beautiful”; The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass which is currently $80. Both passes cover the entrance and standard amenity (day-use) recreation fees, and provide discounts on some expanded amenity recreation fees. The increase was recently passed by the U.S. Congress as part of the Centennial Legislation package, P.L. 114-289 on December 16, 2016.
Eighty to one hundred percent of funds from Senior Passes sold by the agencies will be retained by the site where they are sold and spent on visitor-related projects and programs.
All revenues collected from sales Senior Passes by the National Parks Service that exceed $10 million will be deposited in the National Park Centennial Challenge Fund. These funds will be used for projects and programs approved by the Secretary of the Interior to both accomplish the mission of the National Park Service and enhance visitor experience throughout the system.
After August 28th, Annual Senior Passes can be purchased for $20 good for one full year from the date of purchase and Lifetime Passes will be available for $80 and do not need to be renewed. For additional information about the Senior Pass increase or to purchase your pass, visit https://store.usgs.gov/senior-pass