Large price hike coming for senior national park passes

Price increasing from $10 to $80 this month

The price for the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass is going up for the first time in more than 20 years later this month.

Right now, the lifetime pass for seniors is only $10 and gets you into any national park or refuge in the country. But Congress raised the price for those passes to $80 last year, with the change taking effect on August 28th this year.

Visitor services representatives at the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge say that’s led to a rush of people trying to get the lifetime passes while prices are still low.

“The pass sales have definitely brought a lot more visitors into the visitor’s center, which is great for us but it’s definitely increased our workload because having so many passes to sell in a day takes a lot of our staff time,” said Visitor Services Manager Hallie Rasmussen.

The refuge is still selling the senior lifetime passes, but people interested have to be age 62 or older to qualify.