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Got that dream of RV’ing around National Parks for months after you retire? Or perhaps you hope to explore Yellowstone and Zion in the coming years?
According to the AARP, the price of a lifetime pass to United States National Parks for persons 62 years of age and older, will increase from $10 to $80 sometime this year (see, National Parks Fee to Be Hiked).
an 800% a 700% hike!
Here is the LINK for National Park Services memberships.
$10 Lifetime pass
For U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over.
May be obtained online, in person at a federal recreation site or through the mail using this application form. The cost of obtaining a Senior Pass through the mail or online 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.
According to the AARP article,
Congress approved legislation, the National Park Service Centennial Act, that raises fees and sets up an endowment to help pay for projects and visitor services. The cost of the senior pass has not been increased since 1994, when it jumped to $10.
But, if you buy the pass before the increase is actually implemented, you’ll be able to purchase it for the current price, plus $10 processing fee.
So, if you are 62 years of age or older and have any interest in visiting National Parks, it may be worthwhile to be proactive and purchase a Lifetime Pass now rather than later when the price goes up an additional seventy bucks.
Editorial Note: The opinions expressed here are mine and not provided, reviewed, by any bank, card issuer, or other company unless otherwise stated.