Mar 112013
 

blog-natl-logo1[1]America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands
Senior Pass – Cost $10
A lifetime pass for U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over. The pass can only be obtained in person at the park and is non-transferable. The Senior Pass provides a 50% discount on charges such as camping, swimming, boat launch, and specialized interpretive services.
This pass replaced the discontinued Golden Age Passport which my husband proudly carries at all times.
Visiting all the National Parks is on our bucket list. This will be a daunting task, since there are 59 parks and over 398 areas in the National Park System. So far we have visited 22 National Parks.  We hope the federal budget cuts won’t someday decide to cut the Senior Park Pass money saving perk. Enjoy this link for locating all the parks in every state: http://www.nps.gov/findapark/index.htm

Access Pass – Free
A lifetime pass for U.S. citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities. Documentation is required to obtain the pass. This pass replaced the discontinued Golden Access Passport.

Note: Golden Age and Golden Access Passports will continue to be honored according to the provisions of the pass.

  8 Responses to “National Park Senior and Disability Passes”

  1. This pass has been one of the best things about becoming a senior!

    • I totally agree. Unfortunately it’s in my husband’s name and it would’ve been nice if each person could have their own.

  2. Thanks for reminding me of this important resource for seniors!

  3. Nice deals. Pretty significant discount for seniors at the parks. Nice bucket list with all of the Nat’l Parks on it. Should be a super fun challenge!

  4. Neva, are you admitted on your husband’s pass? I remember how kind of weird it felt to get my AARP membership at 49 when my husband turned 50. Is it issued for a person and their spouse or does everyone get their own. It sounded like your pass is in your husband’s name, but I might be misunderstanding. (I’m still blaming all errors on jet lag, but I’m not sure what the statute of limitations is on that excuse 😉

    • Yes, as the head of the household he was given the Golden Eagle Pass free. Then they were discontinued when they realized people were living too long and replaced with a purchased Eagle Pass that admits everyone in the vehicle. So if I would become a widow, I’d either have to buy an Eagle Pass or have him stuffed and sitting in the passenger seat.

      AARP is a political entity, so if they could lower the age to 40 I’m sure they would.

      Safe travels and looking forward to all the great posts to come.

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