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Seniors Running Out Of Time For Lifetime $10 National Parks Passes

The price of a lifetime National Parks pass for U.S. citizens over 62 years old has been $10 since 1994, but it won’t be for much longer.

Congress passed legislation in December boosting the price to $80.

“The majority of National Parksare free for everybody all the time and so this would be for the 126 parks that charge an entrance fee,” said National Park Service spokesperson Kathy Kupper.

In Arizona that includes the Grand Canyon, Saguaro National Park and Sunset Crater.

“It’s a great deal. In fact, it’s a great deal at the new price coming up, but it’s an even better deal at $10,” Kupper said.

Kupper said the price hike will start in the next six to eight months. The additional money stays within the National Parks and goes toward visitor services.

Another change is a new $20 annual pass for citizens 62 and older. After four years of buying $20 passes, seniors could upgrade to a lifetime pass without an additional charge.

Find out where to buy National Parks pass here.

Mariana Dale rustles up stories as a senior field correspondent based out of KJZZ’s East Valley Bureau in Tempe. She’s followed a microphone onto cattle ranches, to the Dominican Republic and many places in between. Dale believes in a story’s strength to introduce us to diverse perspectives, inspire curiosity and hold public leaders accountable for their actions. She started at KJZZ on the digital team in 2016 and still spends a lot of time thinking about how to engage with our community online. Dale has learned from stints at Arizona Public Media, The Arizona Daily Star, The Arizona Republic and as an intern at NPR’s Morning Edition in Culver City. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Dale is grateful for the mentoring of the New York Times Student Journalism Institute, the Chips Quinn Scholars program and AIR’s New Voices Scholars. A desert native, she loves spending time outside hiking, tending to her cactus and reading.