There's no charge to visit Yosemite or other national parks today


The National Parks Service now offers a lifetime pass to more than 2,000 federal parks and sites to people who are 62 or older for just $10, but as of Monday the price raises to $80.

The America the lovely senior pass for people 62 and older hikes from $10 to $80 because of legislation passed by Congress in December - the first increase since 1994. Additionally, the parks services says that four annual Senior Passes purchased in prior years can be traded for a lifetime pass.

28, the lifetime pass will cost $80, a 700% increase, due to legislation passed by Congress in December 2016. Those who are permanently disabled can also get a free pass. After Sunday, annual senior passes will be available for $20. All benefits of the current Senior Pass stay the same, according to the National Park Service.

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There's still time to purchase the cheaper pass. Seniors can order passes online before 11:59 p.m. EDT time August 27 or mail orders postmarked on or before August 27 with a $10 processing fee, according to the NPS.

"So, it will be for special projects that will help the national parks into the future", she explains.

There is no charge to visit Yosemite, Sequoia, Kings Canyon or any of the other national parks in our region.

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The National Park Service's "America the Beautiful" National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass will be facing its first price increase in 23 years on Monday and it's going to be a doozy.

The senior passes cover entrance fees as well as day-use recreation fees, but also provide some amenity recreation fee discounts. 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.

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