Golden Age Passports Replaced by New Interagency Senior/Access Recreat - Fiberglass RV


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Old 07-24-2008, 12:17 AM   #1
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They no longer sell the Golden Age Pass but if you have one it is still good. It is now called the America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass – Senior Pass. - Cost $10. I found that at the places we used it this summer, they just call it the Senior Pass. $10 for life unless you loose it, then it is another $10. Still the best deal around if you can get to National Parks, National Forests, BLM campgrounds, and other Federal sites and even some state parks honor them I have heard, not here or ND. I believe Arkansas was one and some others.

America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass – Golden Age Passports
This is a lifetime pass for U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over. The pass provides access to, and use of, Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity. The pass admits the pass holder and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas and pass holder + 3 adults, not to exceed 4 adults, at per person fee areas (children under 16 are admitted free). The pass can only be obtained in person at the park. The Senior Pass provides a 50 percent discount on some Expanded Amenity Fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, boat launch, and specialized interpretive services. In some cases where Expanded Amenity Fees are charged, only the pass holder will be given the 50 percent price reduction. The Senior Pass is part of the new Interagency Pass Program which was created by the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act and authorized by Congress in December 2004. Participating agencies include the National Park Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture - Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation. The pass series, collectively known as the America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass, is shown below with a brief explanation of each.

There is another America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass – Annual Pass - Cost $80.
America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass – Annual Pass
This pass is available to the general public and provides access to, and use of, Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity Fee for a year, beginning from the date of sale. The pass admits the pass holder/s and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas and pass holder + 3 adults, not to exceed 4 adults, at per person fee areas.

If you are 62 or over do not get an Annual Pass, get a Senior Pass. The Interagency Senior Pass.

I bought my at the BLM office in town. Some of the state parks have Senior Passes as well, but not as cheap nor are they for life.

Hope this helps.

http://www.nps.gov/fees_passes.htm

http://www.fs.fed.us/passespermits/senior.shtml

What is the difference between Golden Age/Access Passports and its new Interagency Senior/Access Recreation Passes?
For the most part, these passes work in the same way; however, there is one notable difference in who can accompany the pass holder. The Interagency Senior and Interagency Access Passes admit the pass holder and 3 other people regardless of relationship. the Golden Age and Golden Access Passports admit pass holder, spouse, and children at per-person sites.

Golden Age Passports and Golden Access Passports will continue to be honored for the lifetime of the pass holder.

People who have paper versions of the Golden Age Passport or Golden Access Passport may exchange them for the respective new Interagency Recreation Passes free of charge.

People who have plastic versions of the Golden Age Passport or Golden Access Passport may not exchange them at this time. There are currently hundreds of thousands of these passports in circulation and the agencies cannot accommodate a full exchange program. Current holders of the plastic Golden Age Passport may purchase a new Interagency Senior Pass if desired, but must turn over their old Passport at the time of the purchase.

http://www.fs.fed.us/passespermits/goldens.shtml

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Old 07-24-2008, 12:53 AM   #2
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Government talk which means we just changed the name. Same thing different name.

FYI. They did that about 3 years ago.
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Thanks for the post -- I knew they had made the name change, but didn't know about the change regarding passengers in the vehicle -- Used to be the whole car.
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Thanks for the post -- I knew they had made the name change, but didn't know about the change regarding passengers in the vehicle -- Used to be the whole car.
Pete, it is still the whole car at per vehicle fee areas, the change regarding passengers is only at per person fee areas.
"The pass provides access to, and use of, Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity. The pass admits the pass holder and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas and pass holder + 3 adults, not to exceed 4 adults, at per person fee areas....."

The old passes also had a limit on passengers at per person fee sites. Only family members, now just numbers of people. "the Golden Age and Golden Access Passports admit pass holder, spouse, and children at per-person sites."

It really is not much different than the older passes, mainly name only.

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I should mention here for West Coast travelers that the Oregon State Park system has a special pass, including some free camping, for veterans with disabilities (even as low as zero percent) regardless of state of residence. Go to the state parks site and look under passes or something like that.
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