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$10 U.S. National Park Lifetime Pass

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The United States is home to many of the world’s most beautiful national parks, and they’re just waiting to be discovered. Today, the U.S. National Park Service offers an unbelievable deal to anyone 62 years of age or older. A lifetime pass to all national parks on U.S. soil can be purchased for a one-time processing fee of $10. Also, the pass can be used at most forests, refuges, monuments, and recreation areas.

Now, let’s review the benefits of the senior pass. In parks that require an admission fee, the pass admits you and all other passengers in your car or other private vehicle. In parks that require a “per-person” entrance fee, the pass admits you and 3 other adults, who are not required to be seniors. So, if you’re travelling with your children or grandchildren, 3 of them can be admitted with the pass, while anyone under the age of 16 gets free admission as well. Also, in cases where a federal “use fee” is charged, the owner of the Senior Pass receives a 50% discount.

All you need to obtain a lifetime pass is Proof of Age, such as a valid U.S. driver’s license or Passport. The pass can be purchased online for a total of $20 (adding $10 for an application processing fee). The online application must contain a scanned image of a driver's license or passport. You can purchase a pass in person at any of the following:

  • Any federal area which charges an entrance fee
  • A regional office of the National Park Service
  • A regional office of the U.S. Forest Service
  • A regional office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

We realize that not all of us are aware of the locations of these parks and regional offices, so we did some research to help you find one.

To find a national park by state, visit https://www.nps.gov/index.htm

To find a regional office for the National Park Service, visit https://www.nps.gov/aboutus/contactinformation.htm

To find a regional office for the U.S. Forest Service, visit http://www.fs.fed.us/foresthealth/regional_offices.shtml

To find a regional office for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service by state, visit https://www.fws.gov/offices/?ref=topbar

Now that you know, go get your pass, gather friends and family, and explore some of the most amazing places America has to offer.


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