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Bandelier Announces Senior Passes Only $10 (Until Aug. 27)
According to Bandelier National Monument Superintendent Jason Lott, “For years, one of the best deals anywhere has been the Senior Pass.” This lifetime pass gives persons who are 62 or over, and citizens or permanent residents of the United States, lifetime access to more than 2,000 federal sites and parks nationwide, administered by the National Park Service and five other federal agencies. The Senior Pass can be used at sites managed by the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation, the U.S. Forest Service, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The price of a Senior Pass has been only $10 ever since 1994 – that’s 23 years! – and that price will still be good through Aug. 27. However, starting Aug. 28, the price of the Lifetime Senior Pass will increase to $80, which is the same as the price for the one-year pass available to persons not yet 62. Alternately, those eligible for the Senior Pass can buy an Annual Senior Pass each year for $20, and on the fourth year turn in their annual passes for a lifetime one. Golden Age or Senior Passes purchased before August 28 will continue to be honored for the lifetime of the pass holder. More information is available at www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/passes.htm
For those wishing to buy a Senior Pass for $10 before August 28, they can be found at national parks or other Federal recreation areas that charge an entrance or standard amenity (day use) fee, although some areas report running low due to high demand. At Bandelier, they can be purchased at the park Visitor Center. Other National Park Service areas in New Mexico that offer them include: Aztec Ruins, Capulin Volcano, White Sands, and Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monuments, and Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Passes are also available at many US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, US Fish and Wildlife, and Army Corps of Engineers sites and offices. The pass can also be obtained by mail or on line, but there is an additional $10 charge for processing, making the total $20. Due to expected high volume for online orders, there may be delays in processing of up to several months.
As Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott said, “We hope people will drop by at the Bandelier Visitor Center, pick up their pass, and have a great day enjoying the park. Then we hope they’ll come back to Bandelier many more times, and visit lots of other parks too.”
The price change is necessary In order to meet requirements set by Centennial legislation passed by Congress in December 2016. The fee increase will support critical investments in maintenance projects at national parks and other federal recreational lands nationwide.