Even though the 100th Birthday of the National Park Service on August 25, 2016 will be one of the parks free days, if you’re 62 and older and still haven’t purchased your lifetime Senior Pass for a mere $10.00 you’re definitely missing out on a great deal. You can use the Pass at 2000 Federal recreation sites across the nation, including National Parks, National Wildlife Refuges, and many National Forest lands. With over 400 National Parks alone, you’re bound to find one in your vicinity or you can plan the perfect road trip.
The best way to purchase your pass is at one of the Federal recreation sites where you can get your pass for just $10.00 as long as you provide photo identification to verify that you are a US citizen or permanent resident over 62 years of age or older. If you are unable to pick one up in person, you can obtain your Senior Pass through the mail for $20.00 but you must complete an application form and provide a copy of your proof of citizenship or residency. The $20.00 fee includes your pass and an additional $10.00 processing fee. Still not a bad deal for a life-time pass. The National Parks Service no longer issues Golden Age Passports but if you already have one, these passes will continue to be honored according to the provisions of the pass.
The park website states that “the Senior Pass admits the Pass owner and any passengers traveling with him/her in a non-commercial vehicle at per-vehicle fee areas or the Pass owner and three additional adults where per-person fees are charged.”
On August 25th, 2016, National Parks nationwide will be celebrating centennial events to celebrate 100 years and to welcome in the new century. You can find a park near you at findyourpark.com where you can browse parks by State or search for a park. More details about the National Parks Senior Pass and where you can go to purchase one can be found here.
Source – National Parks Service website