National Parks America The Beautiful Senior Pass

National Parks America The Beautiful Senior Pass
America the Beautiful is welcoming senior citizens with open arms. If you're 62 or over, and a U. S. citizen, or a permanent resident, the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass is a bargain. For $80.00, pass holders can get in free at most U. S. national parks, forests, refuges, monuments, and recreation areas. And even better yet, the pass is good for a lifetime, and many benefits include your traveling companion(s) as well. This is an increase as the pass used to be just $10.00, but as times change and prices for everything increases, it is still a good deal.

The America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass is your ticket to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites across the country. A pass covers entrance, standard amenity fees and day use fees for a driver and all passengers in a personal vehicle at per vehicle fee areas (or up to four adults at sites that charge per person). Children age 15 or under are admitted free.

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:

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
◦Bureau of Reclamation
◦Fish and Wildlife Service
◦USDA Forest Service
◦National Park Service

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, or
or call 1-888-275-8747 (ASK-USGS)

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Senior Discounts on Travel Options
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