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Old 01-02-2017, 11:25 AM   #1
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National Parks Senior Pass Price Increase

I don't know if it belongs here or in the News section, but the price of the US National Parks Senior Pass will be going up in 2017 from its current $10.00 to $80.00. If you are 62 or older (or will be soon), now is the time.

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Happy New Year Jon,
I heard they were going up and have told some friends about the increase. Both Rita and I have the pass. On several instances we have visited fed areas with our kids. We each get in
a car outside the entry point and save the admission fee. On a three week trip last spring with just The two of us, we calculated that we saved $151 in fees so even at $80 it doesn't take long to pay for itself. Hope you have a warm and sunny week, enjoying your daily posts.
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I don't know if it belongs here or in the News section, but the price of the US National Parks Senior Pass will be going up in 2017 from its current $10.00 to $80.00. If you are 62 or older (or will be soon), now is the time.

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Where do you apply for the senior pass? I have never looked into it as i have the Veterans access pass. Which allows my family and I into national parks free of charge. I wonder the difference between the two.
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Where do you apply for the senior pass? I have never looked into it as i have the Veterans access pass. Which allows my family and I into national parks free of charge. I wonder the difference between the two.
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Whoa. That's quite a price increase. Glad I got mine.
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It's a large increase in proportion to the previous cost, but if someone were selling new cars for $100 and put the price up to $800, that would be the same big increase.... but still ridiculously cheap!

The cost of this Senior Pass is a one-time charge for your remaining lifetime. Even if you only have a couple years left, US$80 is still nearly free.

The equivalent in Canada is the senior price on a Discovery Pass. Although all admission in 2017 is free, the normal senior (age 65+) price is CA$57.90 per year (CA$53 per year through the CAA for members)... only 42% of the non-senior price but much more expensive than the U.S. Senior Pass.
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I'm still trying to figure out the free National Parks pass I got. Admit, I haven't made much effort. Only thing it's good for around here is admission to Fort Langley, but it's a mirror hanger. So, do I bring it with me to get through the door, or do I leave it in the car? Do I get free parking? I think it covers everybody in the car, but does it cover my wife when the hanger is in the car and we are not.
I'm unlikely to use it, but they have given out 900,000 of them so somebody will.
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I'm still trying to figure out the free National Parks pass I got. Admit, I haven't made much effort. Only thing it's good for around here is admission to Fort Langley, but it's a mirror hanger. So, do I bring it with me to get through the door, or do I leave it in the car? Do I get free parking? I think it covers everybody in the car, but does it cover my wife when the hanger is in the car and we are not.
I'm unlikely to use it, but they have given out 900,000 of them so somebody will.
It's free, so it's a souvenir... you can leave it at home for 2017, since Parks Canada admission is free this year and so no pass of any kind is required.

In a normal year, it covers admission. Since most people drive into parks, it's set up to hang from your mirror; when you take the passholders bypass lane at park gates it is visible, and when you are parked at a site within the park it shows that the vehicle is allowed into the park. Hopefully all the occupants paid, too, if the category of pass doesn't cover them (you can get individual and family passes). No, I don't see any need to carry the thing around with you as you picnic or hike trails or camp or whatever.

The U.S. Senior Pass appears to be a wallet card, to be carried by the owner and presented at park gates to gain admission (along with accompanying people). I think if they made that a mirror hanger it would be used by anyone driving the vehicle that it was in, like the way jerks abuse handicapped parking passes in their parent's or spouse's cars.
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It's free, so it's a souvenir... you can leave it at home for 2017, since Parks Canada admission is free this year and so no pass of any kind is required.

In a normal year, it covers admission. Since most people drive into parks, it's set up to hang from your mirror; when you take the passholders bypass lane at park gates it is visible, and when you are parked at a site within the park it shows that the vehicle is allowed into the park. Hopefully all the occupants paid, too, if the category of pass doesn't cover them (you can get individual and family passes). No, I don't see any need to carry the thing around with you as you picnic or hike trails or camp or whatever.

The U.S. Senior Pass appears to be a wallet card, to be carried by the owner and presented at park gates to gain admission (along with accompanying people). I think if they made that a mirror hanger it would be used by anyone driving the vehicle that it was in, like the way jerks abuse handicapped parking passes in their parent's or spouse's cars.
Most of the US parks that charge an admission fee require proof of ownership of the pass - usually a driver's license. This is why it is useful for a couple to each get one. You cannot use your husband's (or wife's) pass to get back in if you happen to drive out of the park to shop, etc. Of course at $10.00 each getting a pass was an obvious choice, but at $80.00 it is a bit more expensive...

I've only been in two parks that require keeping the pass in a mirror hanger; usually the only time you need to show it is at the entrance.
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