The price of the America the Beautiful — National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass will increase from $10 to $80, effective Aug. 28.
Pass holders are given lifetime access to more than 2,000 sites and parks. The fee increase will support investments in maintenance projects at national parks and federal recreational lands nationwide.
The pass can be used at sites managed by the National Park Service, 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 Corps of Engineers.
The pass can be purchased for $10 before Aug. 28 at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge and at a national park or other federal recreation area that charges an entrance or standard amenity fee. Bombay Hook Visitor Center is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and can only accept cash or check.
The pass also can be obtained by mail or on line for $10 before Aug. 28, but there will be an additional $10 charge for processing, for a total of $20. Due to expected high order volume, there could be delays with online and mail order processing of up to several months.
The legislation requires that the price of the lifetime pass be the same as the Interagency Annual Pass, which is currently $80. The legislation also introduces a new annual senior pass that can be purchased for $20. Seniors who purchase annual senior passes for four years can trade them in for a lifetime senior pass at no additional charge.
The senior pass covers all entrance fees and standard amenity 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 pass holder and all passengers in a noncommercial vehicle. At a per-person fee site, the pass admits the pass holder and three other adults. Children under 16 are always admitted free.