STILLWATER — A public frenzy for buying $10 senior passes to national parks before the price increases on August 28 has created a shortage in the Capital District, according to a statement provided by the National Park Service.
In order to meet requirements set by legislation passed by the U.S. Congress in December 2016, the price of the “America the Beautiful-National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands” Senior Pass will increase from $10 to $80. Parks are encouraging people to call ahead to make sure passes are in stock.
Fort Stanwix National Monument, Martin Van Buren National Historic Site, Saratoga National Historical Park, and Women’s Rights National Historical Park do not carry the passes. “People are coming to our sites daily looking for the passes,” explained Saratoga National Park Superintendent Amy Bracewell. “Since we are sites that do not charge an entrance fee, we do not sell the passes. Please call before making the drive to the park.”
The main contact number for the Saratoga National Historical Park is 518-670-2985.
The senior pass has cost $10 since 1994. Until August 28, U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are 62 years or older can purchase the lifetime pass for $10. Previously purchased Golden Age or senior passes will be honored for the lifetimes of the holders.
The pass can be purchased for $10 before August 28 at a national park or other federal recreation area that charges an entrance or standard amenity (day use) fee. The pass can also be obtained by mail or online for $10 before August 28, but there will be an additional $10 charge for processing for a total of $20.
Due to expected high-order volume, there could be delays with online and mail order processing of up to several months, but purchases before August 28 are guaranteed the $10 price.
For more information, visit the website www.nps.gov.