By Robert Perry
December 7, 2016 (San Diego) -- Since 1965, Americans age 62 or older have been able to buy a senior lifetime pass, also called the Golden Age Passport and now The National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Pass. It allows the holder and people in the car free entrance to federal recreational facilities plus half price camping in federal campgrounds. (Saves $30 at Yosemite for instance.) It’s good nationwide. Locally it takes the place of the National Forest Adventure Pass (Mt. Laguna for example).
The pass that has been $10 since 1965 is slated to rise to $80 for life, as early as next week. See this link for details of the increase: http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1103044050286&ca=848f2217-a564-423d-b94a-aad482467883
This best place to buy this pass is the entrance station at Cabrillo National Monument on Point Loma. Cleveland National Forest Service offices locally may also have them, but call ahead as sometimes they run out.
One provision of the bill passed already by the House of Representatives and now headed to the Senate is that an annual pass can also be bought for $20 for just one year. At either price it is still a bargain for seniors who use the federal parks and recreational areas. But $10 is even better while it lasts.