Reader Travel Tip of the Day: National Park Senior Pass

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Each Friday, we’re featuring a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. This week’s tip comes from reader Nancy S., who built on Tuesday’s National Parks tip on Facebook by adding:

“AND if you are 62 or older be sure to buy your LIFETIME park pass—for only $10.00. One time!”

It’s true! If you’re of age (or when you get there), be sure to check out this page for more information. Thanks, Nancy!



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8 Comments on "Reader Travel Tip of the Day: National Park Senior Pass"

  1. One National Park senior pass works for the whole vehicle so pack the family into one car!

  2. Actually, it costs $20. It also works in Corps Of Engineers rec areas.

    • A little clarification:
      • The pass is $10 and if you want to buy it on the internet there is a $10 processing fee. The simple way to get one is to buy it when you enter the first National Park and save the shipping fee for lunch! There is a list of parks where you can buy on entry. Remember only for people 62 or older.
      • Also, the pass is valid for only one vehicle and if you pack the car/van/camper with folks, it only covers the first four adults (no limit on kids). Of course one of the adults must be the card holder. If you have more, you either pay for additional persons at the normal fee for the park. If you have a qualified spouse, get one for him or her and you could use two cars for more people.
      * In case you are a foreign visitor, this pass is only available to US Citizens or Permanent Residents (Green Card holders) But go anyway, our US National Parks are generally wonderful.
      • There is detailed information at this URL: (don’t need the www prefix)

  3. The pass is $10 for each senior 62 or older. If you walk into a park each senior would have to show their pass but, as a previous poster said, put as many as you can get into one vehicle and only one senior has to show their card to allow everyone in. We have been using our passes for years now and have been through many of our wonderful National Parks.

  4. Most the corrections are correct.
    We paid just $10 for my husband’s because we went in person.
    Once I found out that although it covers both of us the pass is non-transferrable, so I got my own. I paid $20 to just order it online.
    So when only one of us travels (with grandkids, nieces/nephews, etc.) I have my own. For that price it makes sense.
    Plus, the Park Service could drop this benefit anytime and I’d want my grandfathered in.

  5. Senior passes are seldom taken advantage of, so this is a good reminder to check up on them. Thanks for sharing!

  6. If you are disabled you can get one for free, $10 processing fee if done via mail/internet. Works the same way as the senior pass, no age limit. My husband is over 62 so he has his and my son is disabled and we got one for him at the same time(age 30). I’m usually with one or the other when I travel so it covers me when I’m with them. Great deal. Some states and even county parks will give you discounts on camping fees if you have one, some not, you just have to ask. No harm done if they say no, but dollars saved when they say yes. Usually 50% off.

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