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    US National Park Pass Price Increase for Seniors

    Many people already know this, but in case someone did not, the Senior Pass for National Parks and a few others entry fee places has been $10 since 1994. On August 28, 2017, this fee is increasing to $80. It's a lifetime pass and available to those 62 years of age and older.

    They're available at National Parks, and also by mail. That said, it seems that the price increase has dramatically increased demand the wait time is about three months by mail. Here are some FAQs about the program: https://store.usgs.gov/faq#New-Senior-Pass-Update
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    Quote Originally Posted by ExGMan View Post
    Many people already know this, but in case someone did not, the Senior Pass for National Parks and a few others entry fee places has been $10 since 1994. On August 28, 2017, this fee is increasing to $80. It's a lifetime pass and available to those 62 years of age and older.

    They're available at National Parks, and also by mail. That said, it seems that the price increase has dramatically increased demand the wait time is about three months by mail. Here are some FAQs about the program: https://store.usgs.gov/faq#New-Senior-Pass-Update
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    Screw the park pass. (I'm 70. ) I'll ride on The Blue Ridge Parkway. That's all the park I need and it's free.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gfspencer View Post
    Screw the park pass. (I'm 70. ) I'll ride on The Blue Ridge Parkway. That's all the park I need and it's free.
    We just visited 11 NP's using the pass I got last year. Never got so much for so little. And what beautiful sights to behold. The BRP is a great ride but there is so much more to experience. I hope you reconsider if you haven't already visited these treasures.

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    It's not just for National Park admission. Bought mine at a nearby National Forest Service office. The half-price savings on two nights' campground fees at Dumont Lake and Black Canyon of the Gunnison more than paid for it.
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    I went to five national parks in Utah and Yellowstone in the last couple months. It more than paid for itself.

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    I lived about two miles from the BRP for several years. It is wonderful to behold indeed, but if that's where you set your limits, then you are indeed cheating yourself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lkraus View Post
    It's not just for National Park admission. Bought mine at a nearby National Forest Service office. The half-price savings on two nights' campground fees at Dumont Lake and Black Canyon of the Gunnison more than paid for it.
    In my humble opinion, in the East, you are more likely to use it at Forest Service sites than NPS sites.
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    My senior pass has saved me bundles, personal record 3 parks in one day!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 36654 View Post
    NPS is projecting a staff reduction of 4200 in the next year to meet projected budget goals. Don't get in a hurry for that pass.
    Lots of places you can get them besides National parks , my wife and I purchased ours at National Great Rivers Museum near Alton, Illinois. We also could have purchased them at the Lincoln sites in Springfield

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    Here's the list by state where to purchase passes:

    https://store.usgs.gov/sites/default...suanceList.pdf
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    Quote Originally Posted by lkraus View Post
    It's not just for National Park admission. Bought mine at a nearby National Forest Service office. The half-price savings on two nights' campground fees at Dumont Lake and Black Canyon of the Gunnison more than paid for it.
    I spent 31 years in the Army. I will never "camp" again.

    I think our park system is GREAT but in 70 years and I've been there and done that. I'm not going to pay $80 to do it again. Besides, in my old age I like to go where other people don't go.
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    The point is, GF, you can get the life time pass for $10 if you do it now. I also spent 27 years sleeping in the rocks or wait-a-minute vines like a lizard. Camping is different now.... they let you have wine.
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    Thats the way to do it if you can. We were to young for the senior pass and spent a bundle at several Nat'l parks in Colorado. Rocky mountain park was $20 day pass per motorcycle...seemed a bit step when most other parks are half price for bikes.

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