I am always amazed at the number of people, over 62, that are not aware of the National Park Life Time Pass or Senior Pass. For a one time $10 fee any person over 62 can get a Senior Pass that allows free access to all US National Parks, Monuments, Refuge, or forest that has an access fee. You have to purchase on site at a National Park, Monuments, Refuge, or forest entrance. For walk in sites it allows 3 other people (no age limit) to enter with you. For drive in it allows your vehicle to enter. If you are over 62, and like to travel, it is the best $10 you can spend.
curiousone Great post. This is a terrific money saver, which I have had for years and used a lot. Some of the park entry fees are $25 and up, so this pays for itself many times over. This year I used it at Rocky Mountain National Park (several entries), the Grand Canyon, and the drive up Mr. Evans in Colorado - about $150.00 of money saved.
To add to this reminder - the America the Beautiful pass (this is the actual name) is not limited to National Parks - it offers access to all Federal Recreation Lands, including Forest Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Bureau of Reclamation recreation sites charging day-use or entrance fees.
If you're not 62 yet, it's $80/year. Oh.....current military personnel and dependents can get one for FREE as well as US residents with a permanent disability. Here's the link for anyone interested in finding out more. Even makes a great holiday gift!!