National Parks to increase Lifetime Senior Pass fee from $10 to $80

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Many hit the road during the summer, visiting all that America has to offer.

For those wishing to buy a Senior Pass for $10 before August 28, they can be found at national parks or other Federal recreation areas that charge an entrance or standard amenity (day use) fee.

Last year, Congress approved legislation, part of the National Park Service Centennial Act, that raises fees to help pay for visitor services.

The price of a Senior Pass has been only $10 ever since 1994, and that price will still be good through August 27.

The price of the Senior Pass, the card that gives free entrance to those 62 years and older (as well as three accompanying adults) at all public lands and recreation areas operated by six different federal agencies, is increasing a whopping 700 percent, to $80 for the lifetime pass.

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For folks traveling cross-country, these passes make access to parks much easier.

"This pass has helped us do that so much.it's a shame that not as many will be able to take advantage of that".

There will be a $70 increase in the cost of senior citizen passes at national parks.

The National Park Foundation Endowment is the official charity of the National Park Service.

Until then, you can still purchase the lifetime senior pass for $10 at any federal recreational site or online. The legislation also introduces a new $20 Annual Senior Pass, which, if bought four years in a row, will be exchangeable for the lifetime pass.

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