The National Parks Senior Pass is very popular and a bargain for senior citizen. But the cost for the pass is being raised from a one-time fee of $10 to $80, beginning Monday, August 28.

The National Parks Senior Pass is very popular and a bargain for senior citizen. But the cost for the pass is being raised from a one-time fee of $10 to $80, beginning Monday, August 28.
The Senior Pass is good for a lifetime and lets senior citizens and their guests (up to three adults) into national parks at no costs. It may also includes other benefits which are given to the pass owner. These other benefits are given by certain parks at their discretion.
Several other federal agencies honor the pass. Besides the National Park Service, the U.S.Fish & Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation, the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers all honor the pass in some way. Approximately 2,000 recreation sites are managed by the six agencies.
The costs of the pass had been the same since 1994 (22 years). Money raised from the pass will be used to the benefit of the national parks and other agencies.
Since the announcement of the increase, sales of senior passes had skyrocketed so much that the federal agencies are having trouble keeping them in stock. For example, 250,000 online and mail-in applications have been received, compared to the previous high of 33,000 in one year.
Locally, the pass is available at the Neosho National Fish Hatchery. Rosalee Ponce said that sales have been very good lately. "I had six ladies in here today, waiting to get a pass."
To be sure the pass is available, Ponce recommends that everyone call before driving to get the pass at any facility.
The other nearest places to buy them are at Wilson's Creek National Battlefield near Springfield or at the Pea Ridge National Park in Pea Ridge, Arkansas. Passes may be purchased at the hatchery during operating hours. If you have questions, you may call the hatchery at 451-0554.
Passes are non-refundable and non-transferable, and cannot be replaced if lost or stolen.
The pass must be purchased by August 27 to get it for the $10 fee. On that date, the passes will be $80. People who already have these passes need not to do anything as the old passes are valid for the owner's lifetime.