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Park passes for seniors about to take a big jump

The Midway Geyser Basin walk to Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park is a popular attraction.
The Midway Geyser Basin walk to Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park is a popular attraction. TNS

Anyone 62 or older can pay $10 and get a lifetime pass for entrance to all national parks, forests and national monuments in the United States.

However, the feds have announced that the price will go up to $80 on Aug. 28, as a result of congressional action. And every time the regular annual pass goes up, the price of the senior pass will go up, too. You can get this pass at any federal recreation site, generally at the ranger station. You can also order by mail if you pay a $10 processing fee.

Applicants must provide documentation of age and residency or citizenship. You might also get 50 percent off some amenity fees such as camping and boating. It depends on the location. If you can’t scrape up $80 after Aug. 28, you can buy an annual senior pass for $20 but it must be renewed. Important: If you have an existing senior pass, it won’t be affected. You can continue to use it. Learn more at store.usgs.gov/pass/senior.html

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