Once you reach a certain age, you may be considered a senior citizen. For seniors in the United States who love the outdoors, a National Park Lifetime Pass provides access to over 2,000 federal recreation sites. Instead of having to pay pricey day use fees or entrance fees, you’ll be able to use this pass to gain access for free!
The owner of the pass will also receive other benefits including a discount on Expanded Amenity Fees including camping, swimming, boat launching, and guided tours that can otherwise add to your expenses. However, the amount of the discount is determined on a case-to-case basis, so it’s best to check with the recreation site before visiting.
Getting the National Park Senior Lifetime Pass
In order to apply for the lifetime pass for seniors, you’ll need to be a US citizen or permanent resident aged 62 and over. You’ll need to provide proof of these during the application process, which will cost $80.
There are several ways to buy the senior pass. You can buy it from a federal recreation site in person, buy it online, or buy it through the mail via an application form. However, there is an additional fee of $10 for passes that you buy online or through the mail.
Inclusions and Exclusions of the Senior Lifetime Pass
Generally, the senior lifetime pass provides free entry to certain national parks and locations. Discounts are also provided for individual campsites occupied by the pass owner, but may not be charged to separate utility fees for campsites.
For guided tours, only the pass holder receives a discount. For transportation systems concessionaire fees or special use permits, you’ll have to inquire locally.
Unfortunately, if you want to buy souvenirs along the way, the pass doesn’t offer discounts in gift stores or bookstores. Despite this, it still offers plenty of perks for seniors who enjoy camping, fishing, and exploring the outdoors.
Learn more about what other senior discounts are available to you at Senior Strong!
William Rivers is an editor with a master’s degree in Human Services Counseling at Maine State University. He has more than 20 years of experience working in the senior healthcare industry.