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These $10 Lifetime National Parks Passes For Seniors Are About To Get 8 Times More Expensive

Joshua Tree National Park. (Photo by Mark Evans via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
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Ever since 1994, senior citizens over 62 years of age have been able to buy a lifetime National Parks pass for only $10. Because of legislation passed in December 2016, however, that price is about to go up eightfold to $80, starting August 28.

Passes are obtainable one of three ways: in person at one of the participating parks, with a mail-in application (postmarked by August 28, of course), or an online application completed by the 28th. The mail-in and online applications include an extra $10 service fee, bringing the total price to $20. Still a far cry from the future $80 price.

The price hike is a component of the National Park Service Centennial Act, which was passed at the end of Obama's administration, and is dedicated to improving park infrastructure.

As a result of the legislation, NPS has seen a massive increase in demand for these passes. They've seen 250,000 requests in 2017, according to the Washington Post, compared to 33,000 in 2016.

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While hundreds of parks have no entrance fee, others can charge up to $20 or $30 per vehicle. With the senior citizen pass, the flat fee guarantees admission for the pass-holder plus vehicle passengers (up to three adults). Looks like it's time to reconnect with your grandparents, kids.

May we suggest some of California's national parks, like Yosemite, Muir Woods, or the Redwoods?