The National Park Service’s Senior Pass is good for admission to all of America’s incredible national parks — for life — and it’s only $10. But only until Aug. 27.
Remember how it felt to be a high school senior, a college senior? It was an exalted status in large ways and small (at least until you had to start repaying your college loans).
You almost felt, dare I say it, privileged.
Well, if you’re a US citizen age 62 or older, you’re privileged again. For the cost of a Senior Pass, you get admission to more than 2,000 recreational sites run by:
- The National Park Service
- The US Fish & Wildlife Service
- The Bureau of Land Management
- The Bureau of Reclamation
- The US Forest Service
- The US Army Corps of Engineers
That includes all 59 national parks and 24 national recreationa areas across the United States.
The one-time cost to you: $10. That’s it, that’s all. No renewal fees. Nothing. Ten George Washingtons. Done.
Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? Well, it is. Because after Aug. 27, that $10 fee jumps to $80.
As you might expect, there currently is a run on Senior Passes across the country, but the National Park Service has plenty — and Americans are snapping them up as fast as park rangers can collect their Alexander Hamiltons.
To get one of these magically cheap lifetime tickets to America’s natural wonders, you have two options. The cheapest is to go to the nearest of those 2,000-plus national recreation properties and buy one in person.
The other option is to order your pass online. The feds will tack on an extra $10 for processing, raising the total cost to $20. Not as good as $10, but still a lot better than $80.
If neither of those options work for you, there’s one left, an annual Senior Pass for $20 a year. Still not a bad deal.
There’s one other benefit to this Senior Pass that I neglected to mention: Anybody entering the park with you gets in free.
So not only do you get the mother of all bargains while taking in some of the world’s most spectacular sights, but you also get to be really popular with family and friends.
You can find more details on all this at the US National Park Service.
Meanwhile, as you rummage through your excuses not to check out a network of national parks that is the envy of the rest of the world, take a look at the video below of Yosemite National Park and remind yourself of something:
As an American citizen, you own this. It belongs to you. And your family. And your friends. Come up some time and check it out.
And bring Grandma and Grandpa with you.