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USGS.gov (Federal recreation site or office) is offering their Lifetime National Parks Senior Pass for $10 [Site Locations]. Thanks peal1

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Note: In order to qualify for the Senior Pass, you must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident who is 62 years or older.
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The Lifetime National Parks Senior Pass provides access to more than 2,000 recreation sites. The price of the lifetime Senior Pass will increase to $80 on August 28, 2017.

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For a limited time, senior citizens can get a lifetime National Parks pass for just $10. The price is set to increase sometime this year and will then cost $80.

If you're a U.S. citizen, or permanent resident, aged 62 or older this pass gets you free admission into 2,000 federal recreation sites, including all of the National Parks, for life.

Officials have not yet announced the date of the price increase, but they say it will be sometime this year. It's a good idea to act quickly so you can grab this deal while it lasts. Edit: The price increase will go into effect on August 28th, so purchase by the 27th.
For mail in orders: "All eligible Senior pass orders postmarked before August 27 will be processed at the $10 price. Lifetime Senior pass orders postmarked after August 27 will be processed at the $80 price. Additional processing fees of $10 apply"

You can get this lifetime pass by visiting a National Park or any federal recreation area. You can also order one by mail, though you'll have to pay an additional $10 processing fee.

Details: https://store.usgs.gov/pass/senior.html
Purchase Online: https://store.usgs.gov/pass/index.html
PDF Application: https://store.usgs.gov/pass/senio...cation.pdf

Where can I get a Senior Pass?
You can buy a Senior Pass in person from a participating Federal recreation site or office. See Site Locations that issue the Senior Pass.

You can buy a Senior Pass using the USGS online store. Applicants must fill out the Online Application and upload proof of residency and age. This may be done by photographing your document and uploading it to the order. You will need to provide a credit card payment of $20.00 ($10.00 fee for the Senior Pass, and an additional $10.00 document processing fee). Once the documentation is verified and payment is received, a pass, with the pass owner's name pre-printed on it, will be issued to the applicant. If you cannot order a Senior pass online, you can submit a Paper Application by mail to the USGS using the paper application and enclosing the same documents and $20 fee.

Online Senior Pass applications are processed and shipped within 3-5 business days from the day they arrive at USGS. Transit time varies, and is dependent upon the shipping service selected.

Where can I use my pass?
The passes are valid at more than 2,000 Federal recreation sites where Entrance or Standard Amenity Fee(s) (Day use fees) are charged by the following agencies:

- Bureau of Land Management (BLM) http://www.blm.gov
- Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) http://www.usbr.gov
- Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) http://www.fws.gov
- USDA Forest Service (USDA FS) http://www.fs.fed.us
- National Park Service (NPS) http://www.nps.gov
- US Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) http://www.usace.army.mil
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Last Edited by widgit July 18, 2017 at 04:05 PM
The Lifetime Senior Pass fee is increasing to $80.00 on 8/28/2017. A new $20 Annual Senior Pass will become available on the same date.

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Per their site:
We are experiencing a major increase in Senior pass sales.

If you need your pass in less than two months, consider purchasing your pass at the first site you visit. Please click here for a list of sites that issue passes.
Online Senior passes are currently being processed within nine weeks
Mail in Senior and Access pass applications are currently being processed within twelve weeks.
All eligible Senior pass orders postmarked before August 27 will be processed at the $10 price. Lifetime Senior pass orders postmarked after August 27 will be processed at the $80 price. Additional processing fees of $10 apply.

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This is officially called the Interagency Senior Pass

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I am not saying this is the right answer; but collectively as a nation, we all should share the financial burden together. most seniors and children have the least earning capacity compare to adults, therefore they are paying less or free. it gives them a chance to go outdoors rather than staying at home worrying about how to survive.
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Do these work with the full car (ie if driving into the park with a senior and younger people in the car)?

Edit: answer is yes
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And I get that. But, what about the 45 yo dad who's barely able to make ends meet, who would love to take his family to a national park but can't afford it? While, at the same time, an independently wealthy senior citizen gets to go for (nearly) free? Simply adjusting the subsidy rate based on age is not terribly just, and assumes too much on stereotypes.

I have no issue with children (those under 16) who clearly have no means of income - but just because you're old does not make you poor.

Ok, I get off my soap box.
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Do these work with the full car (ie if driving into the park with a senior and younger people in the car)?

Edit: answer is yes
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Great! I will let my parents know.

Sounds like we are due for a family trip to Yosemite!
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Great! I will let my parents know.

Sounds like we are due for a family trip to Yosemite!

I got a Yosemite alert yesterday

1 of the roads in, is/was toll free. (I cannot find that alert now)

I just got back from Death Valley a few days ago. I found it very odd that they did not have entry gate fee. Had to pay @ the camp site though.
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Do these work with the full car (ie if driving into the park with a senior and younger people in the car)?

Edit: answer is yes
That depends on how you define "full". The pass will allow the pass holder and up to 3 adults in the same car to enter. Children under 16 years old are free.
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Is there a list of all the parks this pass is good for? Or atleast a list of the most popular parks? If anyone calls a local park and asks, this is called the Interagency Senior Pass.
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What is the logic for allowing older people to cost less? I'm not old-hating (I've already started receiving AARP offers) - but the economics of this make little sense to me. I don't think we should have to pay for park access at all - just as national museums and attractions in DC are free based on federal funds. But, since that ship has sailed, and there is a cost of admission, why do certain special groups get subsidized? If park fees go towards expenses, and expenses are a function of visitors (i.e. clean-up, maintenance, safety, etc), then every person that enters is a burden, no?

So if you give 30% of the visitors a 90% discount, guess who has to pick up the slack?
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Is there a list of all the parks this pass is good for? Or atleast a list of the most popular parks? If anyone calls a local park and asks, this is called the Interagency Senior Pass.
https://www.nps.gov/index.htm and look under Find a Park. Then visit the park website and look under fees/admission. If it lists this pass then its good to go. Thats how I found out Lake Mead in Nevada is eligible.
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What is the logic for allowing older people to cost less? I'm not old-hating (I've already started receiving AARP offers) - but the economics of this make little sense to me. I don't think we should have to pay for park access at all - just as national museums and attractions in DC are free based on federal funds. But, since that ship has sailed, and there is a cost of admission, why do certain special groups get subsidized? If park fees go towards expenses, and expenses are a function of visitors (i.e. clean-up, maintenance, safety, etc), then every person that enters is a burden, no?

So if you give 30% of the visitors a 90% discount, guess who has to pick up the slack?
I am not saying this is the right answer; but collectively as a nation, we all should share the financial burden together. most seniors and children have the least earning capacity compare to adults, therefore they are paying less or free. it gives them a chance to go outdoors rather than staying at home worrying about how to survive.
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I am not saying this is the right answer; but collectively as a nation, we all should share the financial burden together. most seniors and children have the least earning capacity compare to adults, therefore they are paying less or free. it gives them a chance to go outdoors rather than staying at home worrying about how to survive.
And I get that. But, what about the 45 yo dad who's barely able to make ends meet, who would love to take his family to a national park but can't afford it? While, at the same time, an independently wealthy senior citizen gets to go for (nearly) free? Simply adjusting the subsidy rate based on age is not terribly just, and assumes too much on stereotypes.

I have no issue with children (those under 16) who clearly have no means of income - but just because you're old does not make you poor.

Ok, I get off my soap box.
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