Currently, there is a great deal on a pass that will get senior citizens into a bunch of recreational areas across this nation. The pass is only $10, but that deal is going away soon. Before the end of 2017, the price of the pass will jump to $80, so you’d better act soon.
Right now, any US citizen over the age of 62 can get a lifetime pass to our National Parks for just $10. In fact, the pass is good at over 2000 Federal recreation sites including National Parks, National Wildlife Refuges, and many National Forest Lands. In areas where the entry charge is per vehicle, the pass lets in the pass-holder and any passengers traveling with him or her. In those areas that charge a per person fee, the pass will still let in the pass-holder and three additional people. At some locations, you may also get a discount on some amenity fees such as camping.
The best deal is to purchase the pass in person, but you have to do that at specific locations listed here. (Hint: The Panhandle National Forest District offices in Priest River, Sandpoint, Bonners Ferry and Coeur d’Alene are all listed) You can also obtain the pass by mailing in this form or by applying online, but then you have to pay a $10 processing fee so the total is $20. Still, when the pass will soon be $80, either way is a great deal.
The increase in price was authorized in December 2016, when Congress approved the National Park Service Centennial Act which raises fees and sets up an endowment for future projects and visitor services. There is no specific date in 2017 set for the increase, although the Park Service says it will be a few months yet. Nevertheless, I would suggest you not wait a moment longer. If you have any plans to visit our National Parks and other Federal areas in the future, this is a great deal!