Is There A Senior Pass For National Parks?

Question:  Is there a senior pass for national parks?

Answer: Yes there is!

The “Senior Pass” is a lifetime pass that provides access to more than 2,000 recreation sites managed by five Federal agencies.  All of the proceeds from the senior pass for national parks are used to enhance the visitor experience in our national parks.

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One of our readers recently posed this question on our Travel Discounts List for Seniors.  Since we did a bit of research for her, we'll pass it on to you too!

What is the Senior Pass For National Parks?

The Senior Pass is an $80 lifetime pass for seniors aged 62 and over. You'll need to provide proof of your age, and you must have turned 62 prior to purchasing the senior pass.  The Senior Pass replaces the *Golden Age Passport, which was replaced back in January of 2007. (*Note: If you have a Golden Age Passport, that will remain valid for a lifetime too.)

If you order your senior pass by mail, you'll be assessed an additional $10 for shipping and handling (that's $90 total).  If you want to pay in person, you can find a list of federal recreation area locations here.  These locations are issuing agencies for all national parks passes.

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Here are some additional factoids courtesy of our friends at the USGS:

Who is admitted with a Senior Pass?
The Senior Pass admits pass owner/s and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at per-vehicle fee areas and pass owner + 3 adults, not to exceed 4 adults, where per-person fees are charged. (Children under 16 are always admitted free.)  Note: Photo identification will be requested to verify pass ownership.

If I have more than four people in my car, how many passes do I need?
One pass covers the vehicle at sites that charge “per vehicle”.  At “per person”; sites, the applicable fee will be charged for each additional person.

My family is traveling in two vehicles; will one Senior Pass let all of us into the site?
No. Only the vehicle with the pass owner is covered. The second vehicle is subject to an entrance fee, or must have (or buy) a second pass.

What about motorcycle drivers who purchase a Senior Pass?
A Senior Pass permits entrance for one motorcycle.

What if I forgot to bring my Senior Pass?
You can either buy another Senior Pass with proper documentation or pay the applicable Entrance or Standard Amenity Fee(s) (Day Use Fees).

What if my Senior Pass is lost, stolen or damaged?
If lost or stolen, you'll need to buy another one.  If damaged, it can be replaced as long as a portion of the pass is identifiable and you show proper identification.

Can I use my Senior Pass at state parks or local city/county recreation sites?
No. The Senior Pass is valid only at participating Federal recreation sites. See link above for information about Federal recreation sites.

For more information on all of the America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Passes, visit the USGS website, or visit the USGS store for more information on Senior Passes.  

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  1. Coming to the zoo when I was a little kid was born and raised in enjoy coming to the Oakland Zoo that is my favorite Zoo
  2. We are planning next fall going out west,Badlands, Custer National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Grand Tetons. Just wanted to know if these are included and what other National Parks might be included. Thank You
    1. All National Parks are included. I believe Custer is a state park. We have visited that area twice in 5 years. Even though it is a three day trip for us by camper. It is more than worth the trip. South Dakota is a hidden gem.
  3. I have the paper hangtag but have lost my display card. How do I get another one. It would be nice to be able to speak with someone on the phone
  4. You say you can buy a Seniors Pass for $10. I just visited another sight a few minutes ago which said to replace my misplaced Gold Senior Pass, which I was issued in 2006, it would cost $70. Where do I go to get another pass for $10?
  5. Diane and Martha, The senior pass is good at all federal lands, so any national park or other park managed by the US federal government. That would exclude state parks, county parks, etc. Here’s a more useful explanation: Of course, how useful it will be to you is presently (16 January 2019) dependent upon the current president deciding to reopen our government.
  6. We are traveling next year out west. We plan on visiting the Badlands, Custer National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Grand Tetons. Just wanted to know if these are included and what other National Parks might be included. Thank You

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