Today, August 28, 2017, the price of the America the Beautiful – The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass has increased from $10.00 to $80.00. The last increase was back in 1994. According to www.nps.gov, the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass increased as result of the Centennial Legislation P.L. 114-289 passed by the US Congress on December 16, 2016. The cost for the lifetime Senior Pass is now in line with the annual America the Beautiful Land pass which is also currently $80.00.
For those seniors on a budget, there is also an annual Senior Pass available for $20 that is valid for one year from the date of issuance. The www.nps.gov website also states that Four annual Senior Passes purchased in prior years can be traded in for a lifetime pass.
All current senior passes will remain valid lifetime passes and all benefits will stay the same. However, if your pass becomes lost or stolen, you will need to purchase a new one at the $80.00 price.
Even at the new $80.00 fee, the Senior Pass is still a good deal for those who enjoy visiting National Parks on a regular basis. It is available for purchase by all US citizens or permanent residents 62 years or older. The pass will provide the pass owner and passengers in noncommercial vehicles access to more than 2,000 recreation areas and covers entrance and standard amenity (day-use) recreation fees. It also provides discounts on some expanded amenity recreation fees.
If you’re looking to purchase a senior pass, view the complete list of sites where the pass is available (PDF) or visit the USGS store to buy the pass online or find instructions for purchasing by mail.