NPS’ Senior Lifetime Pass Price Increasing by 700%

The National Park Service offers a lifetime pass for Senior Citizens (defined as 62 and above) for $10 in-person or $20 online.

There are reports that the NPS is going to increase the price of this lifetime pass by 700% to $80.

Senior National Park Pass

From the NPS website, the benefits and terms to this pass include:

Senior National Park Pass

  • $10 Lifetime pass
  • For U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over.
  • May be obtained in person at a federal recreation site or through the mail using the application form.
  • Provides entrance or access to pass owner and accompanying passengers in a single, private, non-commercial vehicle at Federal operated recreation sites across the country.
  • The cost of obtaining a Senior Pass through the mail is twenty dollars ($20). Ten ($10) for the Senior Pass and ten ($10) for processing the application. Applicants must provide documentation of age and residency or citizenship. If you cannot order a Senior pass online, you can submit a Paper Application by mail to the USGS using the paper application and enclosing the same documents and $20 fee
  • May provide a 50 percent discount on some amenity fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, boat launch, and specialized interpretive services
  • Generally does NOT cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessioners.


The original reports listed August 1st as the deadline; however, the NPS updated their website to say:

We are experiencing a major increase in Senior pass sales. Further information on changes to the Senior pass price and program will be coming soon.

Please note that we do not expect changes to the Senior pass price or program within the next few months.

I’m glad someone reported on this because it looks as if the demand delayed the changes to the program.  But note, the website does reinforce that changes are coming in the future.

I couldn’t find anything stating a revised date for the change in price; however, I want to emphasize two parts of their note.

Please note that we do not expect changes to the Senior pass price or program within the next few months.

They don’t expect changes within the next few months.  This means the changes are coming soon still.  But more importantly, the word “expect” means it isn’t 100% certain that the changes won’t happen sooner.

If you are interested in the Senior National Park Pass, act sooner than later!

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