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post #1 of 48 (permalink) Old 03-07-2017, 01:23 AM Thread Starter
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Seniors can expect a big jump sometime this year in the fee for a lifetime pass to visit national parks, as part of a larger move to pay for major projects and enhanced services.

The fee for a lifetime pass for citizens 62 and older will go from $10 to $80.

Passes can be purchased online for an additional service fee of $10 or at any of the parks without an extra charge.

"National Park Service officials are unsure how long it will take to implement the change, but it’s expected before the end of 2017. Meantime, they are spreading the word informally".

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Best 10 bucks you will ever spend if you are 62 or over.


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Only cheap way to see America's National Parks.

Two years ago, I visited 4 parks, some were so backed up at the entry it was taking 20+ minutes for cars to get in. Ranger walking amongst vehicles, waving pass holders through saved 15 minutes entry time. All and all, just deserts for those who finally make it to 62.

Worth it.
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That is a substantial increase Rich... I use my Senior Pass a lot during the riding season as I visit a good number of our National Parks. In addition to getting free entry you get half off the nightly fees for camping. This pass is also has reciprocity in the US Forest campgrounds giving you half off the nightly camping fees there as well.

So for you that are age appropriate I highly recommend you get your Senior Pass now even if you have no immediate plans to use it. This is a great deal and you will appreciate having it later on.

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Wait... let me get this straight. Your parks are national parks but you have to cough up money to view your own natural heritage?

Are you yanks being taxed for breathing oxygen as well?
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Thanks for the info. I didn't know about the senior pass. I am going to buy my pass today.
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Wait... let me get this straight. Your parks are national parks but you have to cough up money to view your own natural heritage?
Looks like you have to "cough up money" to visit your National Parks as well... maybe you should get out more...

http://www.places.co.za/html/parks_c...tion_fees.html

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I work for the Park Service and don't get a break, but that's fine. I cough up $80 every year for the multi-agency pass and it pays for itself many times over. We usually plan our long rides around park sites. We hit 14 last summer, which isn't that many really. You lucky retired folks can put me to shame!

The Senior Pass is a great deal and you only pay once for lifetime. I'm sad for the price increase but it does go to pay for restoration projects (my team manages a lot of them). Some Northeastern sites really need some TLC.
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Looks like you have to "cough up money" to visit your National Parks as well... maybe you should get out more...

http://www.places.co.za/html/parks_c...tion_fees.html

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Indeed, I went and had a look right after I posted. Not sure when this changed but it disappoints the hell out of me.

I don't visit our national parks, haven't in many many years. I'm not a fan of the bush (I prefer the ocean) and there's only so many lions, rhinos, elephants and whatnot you see before it holds no appeal. Tourists love it though, so that's something. It's like snow I suppose for people who see it all the time. Snow is a novelty for me.

I would love to tour the USA on a bike, you have a spectacular and varied country (even if the locals are a bit nuts ). The bit about not being able to chuck a sleeping bag down next to the road without paying the gubmint is a bit of a put-off though (this is the case, yes?).

Here, you can park off wherever you like unless its private property, for free, but people rarely do it because they're afraid of crime (an overblown issue imo).
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The bit about not being able to chuck a sleeping bag down next to the road without paying the gubmint is a bit of a put-off though (this is the case, yes?).
While it is true there are fees to camp in the National Parks and US Forest areas as they do provide services. However, you can boondock/primitive camp in the governments BLM areas at no cost.

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