PORTLAND, Ore. - On August 28, the price of the America the Beautiful -- The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Lifetime Senior Pass will increase from $10 to $80 as result of the National Park Service Centennial Act P.L. 114-289.
The National Park Service Centennial Act raised the price of the senior pass (currently $10) so that it is on par with the cost of a regular annual pass (currently $80). It also authorizes a $20 annual pass for senior citizens.
Increasing the one-time cost for those 62 and older to the current level of the America the Beautiful annual pass is a reasonable way to help insure our parks and federal recreation areas will remain available for future generations, the agency said. As stewards, the BLM manages public lands for the benefit of current and future generations, supporting conservation.
The Senior Pass, along with five passes included in the America the Beautiful -- The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass program -- provides access to more than 2,000 recreation sites managed by six Federal agencies. The Senior Pass covers all entrance fees and standard amenity (day use) fees and may provide senior discounts for things such as tours or campsites. The pass also waives the entrance fee for traveling companions.
"The lifetime Senior Pass will continue to give seniors access to parks and public lands nationwide, and even at $80, it is an incredible value," said Jamie Connell, state director for BLM Oregon/Washington.
Senior passes purchased before August 28 are still good for life. The current $10 Senior Pass will continue to be sold until the $80 senior pass is implemented on August 28.
Additional information about the BLM's recreation program is available online at: https://www.blm.gov/visit.