Discussion in 'Events & Happenings' started by hjames, Jul 11, 2017.
Mine Just arrived today - I'm IN!!
I'm only 60. What about lay away?
My wife and I picked up ours at Rocky Mountain National park a month ago.
If I live to 102 as planned that's only 25¢ a year!
Two days left bump.
I had thought passes were for the vehicle, not the occupants. Or, does this work differently for senior passes?
Vehicle plus occupants. From the National Park Service website:
Are there any other benefits from a Senior Pass?
Yes, traveling companions can also enter for free. The Senior Passes admit pass owner/s and passengers in a noncommercial vehicle at per-vehicle fee areas and pass owner plus three adults, not to exceed four adults, where per-person fees are charged. (Children under 16 are always admitted free.) Also, at many sites, the Senior Passes provide the pass owner (only) a discount on Expanded Amenity Fees (such as camping, swimming, boat launching, and guided tours).
I went to apply online but there is a 12 week wait to get it plus it's $20 online.
Their website said to go to a NPS park if possible.
We live 25 miles from Vanderbilt Mansion and the FDR National homesite so took a nice drive ,walked in ,checked ID and had the pass for $10 after a two minute wait.
The regular admission was $18 per adult so it's really a great deal!
It will admit you and your family to any NPS park or site in the US for free as long as the passholder lives.
And .... the Aug 27th deadline has passed, my job here is done
The NPS has a list of facilities that offer the various passes, on a rather lengthy PDF file. I was surprised that Mt. Rushmore did not offer passes, but then I saw that admission is free (although parking was $10 IIRC).
I lucked out. We were staying in Wall, SD overnight, en route to Wyoming, and I hadn't noticed earlier that Badlands National Park was close by. Like, only a few miles away from one of the entrances. We got there just in time after dinner to get the yearly pass, and spent an hour or two at the park.We ended up using the pass at seven different national parks. When I go back out there in late September through mid October, I may be revisiting one or two of the Utah parks (likely Arches and Zion, the latter having been a total zoo when we went), revisiting the Grand Canyon, and also visiting one or two elsewhere in AZ (like Saguaro National Park). Since we got the pass in late July, we may end up going out to Acadia National Park next year, and any others that may be near our east coast trip in July 2018.
Well Heather, job well done!
Thanks for taking the time to alert us of this good deal.
We plan on putting it to good use starting this fall when I finally get to retire.
Thanks Heather, I grabbed ours online yesterday. I thought it was until the 31st!!
Bought my first two-years ago when I turned 62. Bought the second last week just to have a spare for ten-bucks. Rode my R1150RS motorcycle up to the Skyline Drive entrance and picked it up. Then rode to the first overlook before remembering how much I dislike the Skyline and its 35-mph limit on the big bike! It was nice and cool though. Rode about 100-miles that day just messing around going nowhere in particular.
Thanks for the head up on this.
have mine and use the hell out of it.
Thankee kindly, Heather. Can't wait to use ours after my upcoming TKR. Some dayhiking will be good PT.
Thanks, hjames, without your tip I would have missed this. And look at me now - - - I'm at Yosemite already!
My wife and I each got one -- arrived in the mail last week. Thanks for the tip, Heather!
Mine arrived on Saturday ! Good to go !!
Got mine a few weeks ago. Just got back from two days at Olympic National Park/Forest. Thanks Heather.
We got ours at the Petrified Forest. Was a no brainer at 10 but still a good deal for 80
Purchased mine right after this thread was posted, then qualified for a permanent handicap pass (free!) courtesy of a motorcycle accident.
You owe me $20 ... ;-}
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