National Parks Lifetime Pass Cost Increase. The $10 America the Beautiful Senior Lifetime pass is the best deal in travel. Now according to AARP it’s increasing in price to $80 sometime in 2017.
Given the fact that the pass price hasn’t changed since 1994 and that many of the National Park facilities are dilapidated this price increase is long overdue.
Even at $80 it’s still an excellent deal but if you’re age 62 or over and think there’s a chance you may go to a national park in the future now is the time to apply. If I was eligible I would definitely lock it in now. Buy here
New Senior Annual Pass
A new $20 Senior Annual pass will also become available sometime in 2017. The cost of the annual pass can be applied to an $80 lifetime pass at a later date if you decide you want one.
Senior Lifetime Pass
The Senior America the Beautiful Pass is available to US citizens and permanent residents ages 62 and older. The current cost is $10 plus a $10 processing fee if you apply online or via snail mail. Passes can be purchased at a participating Federal recreation site or office without an extra charge. Call ahead to confirm a location sells them. Also some locations only take credit cards. It looks like the closest location from Chicago is the Indiana Dunes.
The Senior America the Beautiful Pass gets you access to all National Parks without an additional charge for the rest of their life.
This can potentially save you a lot of money even with one use as admission to our National Parks vary widely from free to $20–$30 per vehicle, depending on the park.
See all senior pass benefits here.
- National Historic Trail Lewis & Clark. 3,700 miles long, extending from Wood River, Illinois, to the mouth of the Columbia River, near present day Astoria, Oregon. The trail connects 11 states (Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Washington, and Oregon) and many Tribal lands. Admission varies.
- National Historic Site Lincoln Home, Springfield, IL
- National Historic Trail Mormon Pioneer
- National Monument, Pullman Chicago, IL
- National Historic Trail Trail Of Tears
Other Pass prices
An America The Beautiful – The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass is $80 and available to everyone. It can be obtained in person at a federal recreation site, or by calling 1-888-275-8747, Ext. 3 between 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Mountain time, or online. Buy here. Frequently Asked Questions about the Interagency Annual Pass
Free Annual Pass for U.S. Military
Current U.S. military members and dependents in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Reserve and National Guard members can get a free annual pass.
Annual 4th Grade Pass
Fourth graders in the United States (including home-schooled and free-choice learners 10 years of age) can get a Every Kid in a Park paper pass that is valid for the 4th grade year and the following summer (September – August). This pass admits the pass owner (4th grader) and any accompanying passengers in a private non-commercial vehicle at a per vehicle fee area, or the pass owner and up to 3 adults at sites that charge per person.
Free Access Pass
U.S. citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities can get a Free Access Pass.
Interagency Pass Program
Those who volunteer 250 service hours with federal agencies that participate in the Interagency Pass Program can also get a Volunteer Pass free of charge.
The National Park Service offers the following Entrance Fee Free Days this year:
- January 16: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
- February 20: Presidents’ Day
- April 15-16 and 22-23: Weekends of National Park Week
- August 25: National Park Service Birthday
- September 30: National Public Lands Day
- November 11-12: Veterans Day Weekend
Other fees such as reservation, camping, lodging, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.