Lifetime National Park Service passes for seniors to increase in price

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Bandelier National Monument Superintendent Jason Lott suggests anyone 62 or older and thinking about buying a National Parks Lifetime Senior Pass do so before August 28 at Bandelier.

For seniors who want a lifetime national parks pass.get ready to see a drastic price hike.

"You can purchase them at any of our entry stations when you come up to the national park, provide you ID that shows your birthday, and $10 dollars, and we can take care of you", Richards said.

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Seniors can buy passes online through the U.S. Geological Survey at store.usgs.gov/senior-pass, or at the Santa Lucia Ranger District office, located at 1616 N. Carlotti Drive in Santa Maria. At a per-person fee site, the pass admits the pass holder and three other adults.

The pass gives people who are 62 years and older lifetime access to more than 2,000 national parks, including those run by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation, the U.S. Forest Service, and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers.

Whiskeytown National Recreation Area superintendent Jim Milestone said the extra money from fees will go into an endowment fund that any national park can access.

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Cuyahoga Valley park spokeswoman Pamela Barnes said pass sales have steadily increased in recent months, and the park expects they'll rise even more before the price changes.

Due to expected high order volume, there could be delays with online and mail order processing. A new $20 yearly pass for seniors will also be available.

After August 28, the lifetime senior pass will cost $80 - the same price as a general yearly pass that's sold to those under age 62. That same legislation also approved a senior annual pass for $20.

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At per-vehicle fee sites, the pass admits the pass holder and all passengers in a noncommercial vehicle. Children under 16 are also admitted free.

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