Talk to a Care Advisor

1-800-955-8510

National Parks Price Increase for Seniors on Aug 28th, 2017

National Parks Discount for SeniorsAmerica has some of the most spectacular national parks in the world. From our deep canyons to our tallest peaks, from the bayous in the South to the arches in the West, America is full of natural beauty.  For decades, seniors have had the privilege of using these parks for a discounted rate, but things are about to change.  Congress passed a law back on December 16, 2016, which will change these privileges.  Many seniors are unaware of the changes that are coming soon and do not have much time to rectify this issue. 

Changes

Since 1994, seniors have been able to buy a lifetime pass for ten dollars.  On August 28th, 2017, this price will change to 80 dollars.  The reason the change occurred is because our legislators deemed seniors should pay the same price as the annual America the Beautiful- The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass.  This money will perpetuate the existence of our National Parks.

Seniors will still be able to purchase annual passes for twenty dollars if they cannot afford the upfront charge of eighty dollars.  Proof of four of these annual passes will result in a lifetime pass. 

Seniors with preexisting passes will not be affected and the benefits they receive from them will not change.  Passes are non-refundable and will not be replaced if lost or stolen. 

Eligibility and Terms

US citizens are eligible for the pass if they are over 62 years of age.

Lifetime passes will allow the senior and anyone they are accompanied with in one vehicle to visit the national park for free. 

Passes can be bought at any federal recreation site.  It also possible to buy them online, or receive one through the mail by visiting a USGS location.  Click on this link to visit their webpage

Many seniors have and are getting their passes before the changes.  Over 250,000 seniors have applied for a lifetime pass through the mail or internet already this year.  Usually only 30,000 seniors apply, so don’t be surprised if this process takes time. 

Conclusion

If eligible, seniors could save 70 dollars if they buy their pass before the 28th.  I was raised camping in national parks, and cannot recommend them enough.  Our country is so impressive because of the variety one can find here.  Geothermal activity at Yellowstone, arches and Utah rocks, glaciers in Montana, swamps in the Everglades, these are just some of the options.  My state, Colorado, is full of 14,000 foot Rocky Mountain peaks with abundant wildlife, rivers, waterfalls, lakes, wildflowers, and much, much more.  Seniors, get your pass now.  This country has so much to offer, and for only ten dollars you are guaranteed access to over 2,000 national parks.  It will be the best ten dollars you ever spent.

Article written by Nick Schaller with Senior Directory, LLC

Comments

Back to Articles & Info > >

Related Articles

How Selling Your Life Insurance Policy Can Benefit You

Over 100 billion dollars of life insurance is lapsed or surrendered each year by policy...

Read Full Article

What’s the Difference Between a Will and Trust?

May we all live a long and healthy life.  And yet, death and incapacitation are factors...

Read Full Article

A Dozen Ways Seniors Can Save Money

Whatever method work best for you, here are a dozen money-saving tips that seniors can...

Read Full Article

7 Wonderful Gift Ideas for Recent Retirees

An unexpected gift lets someone know they are a special consideration in your life. For...

Read Full Article

Best Ways to Pay for Funeral and Burial Services

Regular funeral costs may vary between $6,500 and $8,000. This cost doesn’t include...

Read Full Article

How to Avoid These Big Medicare Mistakes

If you’re nearing retirement and Medicare age, here are some of the most important...

Read Full Article

Which Insurance Policies Do Seniors Actually Need?

Many seniors have multiple insurance policies out. Does this sound like you? If so, you may...

Read Full Article

Home Warranties Disadvantages That Seniors Should Consider

Home warranties are on the rise among senior citizens. Although a great option for older...

Read Full Article

3 Ways to Retire with Peace of Mind

The future cane be scary, and retirees often wrestle with the stress that comes with...

Read Full Article

4 Tips on Heading into Retirement Debt Free

Approximately 49.8 percent of households headed by Americans 75 years and older have...

Read Full Article

Order your printed copy of Senior Directory today!

Still enjoy flipping through the pages of a printed copy? So do we! Click on the button below to start receiving Senior Directory right at your doorstep!

Order Your Copy

I prefer the digital copy, please.

Speak to one of our advisors 1-800-955-8510