If you’re 62 or older and frequent National Parks, make sure to buy your Senior Pass before Aug. 28 — after that, you’ll have to pay $70 more.
The National Parks Service is significantly raising rates on Senior Passes — which allow holders lifetime access to 2,000 sites and parks throughout the country — to help pay for “critical investments in maintenance projects at national parks and federal recreational lands nationwide,” according to a news release.
The Senior Pass has cost $10 since 1994. Previously purchased Senior Passes will be honored for pass holders’ lifetimes. Seniors can also purchase $20 annual passes, four of which can be traded in for a lifetime pass.
Seniors can buy passes online through the U.S. Geological Survey at store.usgs.gov/senior-pass, or at the Santa Lucia Ranger District office, located at 1616 N. Carlotti Drive in Santa Maria.
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For more information, call the Santa Lucia office at 805-925-9538.