2017-08-11 / Family

National parks pass for seniors goes up in price

The lifetime pass that senior citizens purchase to visit American national parks has increased from $10 to $80, effective Aug. 2.

Pass holders are given lifetime access to over 2,000 sites and parks. The fee pays for maintenance at U.S. national parks and federal recreational lands.

The pass for people 62 years or older has cost $10 since 1994. Previously purchased passes will still be honored for the lifetime of the pass holder.

The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area does not charge an entrance fee, so the pass is not required.

Passes to the Angeles Crest National Forest can be purchased at park headquarters in Arcadia or online.

The pass can be used at sites managed by the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The pass covers all entrance fees and standard amenity (day use) fees and may provide senior discounts for things such as tours or campsites. The pass also waives the entrance fee for travelling companions.

At per-vehicle fee sites, the pass admits the holder and all passengers in a noncommercial vehicle. At a per-person fee site, the pass admits the bearer and three other adults.

Children under 16 are always admitted free.

For more information, visit www.nps.gov.

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