Price increasing for senior passes at national parks

Published: Jul. 11, 2017 at 10:33 AM EDT
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The price of a lifetime pass for seniors will soon increase from $10 to $80.

The increase is a result of the

passed in December. The legislation states the cost of the lifetime senior pass "shall be available for the lifetime of the passholder, at a cost equal to the cost of the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass," which is $80.

The increase starts on August 28.

People 62 and older are eligible for the senior pass. You can still buy a pass for $10 until August 27.

For seniors on a fixed income, the legislation also establishes an annual senior pass for $20. Four annual senior passes can be traded for a lifetime pass.

According to the National Parks Service, the money from pass sales will go to the National Park Foundation Endowment and a National Park Centennial Challenge Fund, both authorized by the Centennial Legislation.

The National Park Foundation Endowment is the official charity of the National Park Service. The first $10 million collected from senior pass sales goes to the fund and the money will go to projects and activities to further the mission and purpose of the National Park Service.

The remaining money goes into the National Park Centennial Challenge Fund to fund projects to enhance the visitor experience in parks.

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