The price for the Senior Pass (previously called the Golden Age Passport) will increase from $10 (set in 1994) to $80 later this year (2017). You are eligible to purchase a Senior Pass if you are US citizen or permanent resident age 62 or older.
The US National Park Service manages 2,000 federal recreation sites including both National Parks and National Wildlife Refuges. This Senior Pass waives the vehicle admission fee at 137 of its sites. For example, Yosemite National Park and Yellowstone National Park.
Who is admitted with a Senior Pass?
The Senior Pass admits pass owner/s and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at per-vehicle fee areas and pass owner + 3 adults, not to exceed 4 adults, where per-person fees are charged. (Children under 16 are always admitted free.)
Note: Photo identification will be requested to verify pass ownership of the pass.
If I have more than four people in my car, how many passes do I need?
One pass covers the vehicle at sites that charge “per vehicle”. At “per person”; sites, the applicable fee will be charged for each additional person.
Read more details about the Senior Pass at the National Park Service website.
Purchasing the Senior Pass online costs $20 ($10 pass and $10 fee) and processing is slow due to high demand. You can also purchase the pass in person at one of these recreation sites. Call ahead to verify they have passes in stock and bring proof of eligibility.
Fee Free Dates
If you are not a senior citizen yet, don’t despair. Some National Parks waive their entrance fees on nationally designated Fee Free dates. Check with each park for operating hours and event schedules.