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Seniors are about to pay more for lifetime national park passes

Published May 19, 2017 6:23 pm
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Senior citizens have been getting a pretty good deal from the National Park Service.

For $10, people 62 and older can receive a lifetime pass to enter Utah's Mighty 5, Yellowstone, Yosemite and all the other national parks.

But the Baby Boomers are about to have a little sticker shock. Their lifetime passes are about to increase to $80. The AARP reports that it's the first time since 1994 the price has been increased.

Congress passed legislation near the end of 2016 that increases the lifetime price for seniors to the same price most others pay for an annual pass. Seniors also have the option of paying $20 for an annual pass.

The good news for seniors — other than how they can still buy a lifetime pass for a lot less than the rest of us can — is that the new prices have not taken effect yet and it's not clear when they will. For the moment, seniors can still buy their lifetime passes for $10.

You can order a pass online, or, according to a list from the Interior Department, buy one in person at most national park sites or U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management offices.


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