National Parks America The Beautiful Senior Pass
On a trip to the Badlands National Park in South Dakota a few years ago, I used my pass twice, for a savings of thirty dollars. So, in just a couple visits it can pay for itself.
The pass is actually a collaboration of several participating Federal agencies: the National Park Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture - Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Bureau of Reclamation. To the general public an annual pass costs $80.00, so you can see what a bargain the Senior Pass is at $80.00 and good for a lifetime. While the general public pass can be purchased at a park, over the phone, or online, the senior pass can only be purchased in person at a park, or a regional office. Proof of age, such as a driver's license, is required at the time of purchase. The pass is nontransferable, and if it's lost you must purchase it again.
You can buy a Senior Pass via mail order from USGS. Mail-order applicants must submit a completed application, proof of residency and age, and an additional document processing fee ($10) to obtain a pass through the mail. Once the application package is received the documentation will be verified and a pass, with the pass owner's name pre-printed on it, will be issued to the applicant.
The pass can be used where per vehicle gate fees are charged for non-commercial vehicles. The pass holder and three additional adult passengers can get in with one pass. The Senior Pass is also good for 50% off on many facility fees and services such as camping, swimming, boat launch use, parking and tours. There are some instances where only the cardholder will get the discounted fee.
Here are ten of the most visited National Parks in America
· Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee
· Grand Canyon, Arizona.
· Yosemite, California
· Olympic, Washington
· Yellowstone, Wyoming/Montana/ Idaho
· Rocky Mountain, Colorado
· Zion, Utah
· Cuyahoga Valley, Ohio
· Grand Teton, Wyoming
· Acadia, Maine
This website page answers many questions you may have about the pass including where you can purchase one: https://store.usgs.gov/pass/senior.html
The Forest Service, the National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Bureau of Reclamation honor the Senior Pass at sites where Entrance or Standard Amenity Fee(s) are charged.
◦Bureau of Land Management https://www.blm.gov
◦Bureau of Reclamation https://www.usbr.gov
◦Fish and Wildlife Service https://www.fws.gov
◦USDA Forest Service https://www.fs.fed.us
◦National Park Service https://www.nps.gov
In addition, the Corps of Engineers and Tennessee Valley Authority may honor the Senior Pass for entrance or camping discounts.
For former passes such as the Golden Eagle, Golden Age or Golden Access passes, some will be replaced free of charge, and some will continue to be honored. You'll have to contact the Park Service to find out the status of your existing pass. For more information about the National Parks Lifetime Senior pass, you can visit https://www.nps.gov/fees_passes.htm, or call 1-888-275-8747 (ASK-USGS)
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