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.
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. 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.The Senior America the Beautiful Pass gets you access to all National Parks without an additional charge for the rest of their life.