Seniors' Lifetime National Parks Passes Are About to Quadruple in Price

Those older than 62 have until August 28 to get the lifetime pass for $10.

A low-cost, lifetime pass for seniors is about to quadruple in price.

The "America the Beautiful" pass—the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands senior pass—jumps from $10 to $80 on August 28, 2017 as a result of legislation passed in 2016, requiring the senior lifetime pass to equal the cost of the annual "America the Beautiful" pass.

The increase is the first since the $10 charge was originally applied to seniors in 1994.

The passes come with benefits outside the U.S. National Park Service, allowing access to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Corps of Engineers areas. 

Passes for $10 may be purchased at specific federal recreation sites or for $20 by mail, postmarked before August 27, or online. Applications sent in via mail or web will take at least nine weeks to process.

For those too young to take advantage of the $10 lifetime pass, starting August 28 seniors will have the chance to purchase $20 annual passes.