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Parks pass price to skyrocket

The fee for a lifetime senior pass to national parks and other federal recreation areas will jump Monday, Aug. 28, from $10 to $80.

Cost of the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass will increase to be on par with the cost of a regular annual pass (currently $80). A $20 annual pass for senior citizens will be available starting Aug. 28.

Increasing the one-time cost for those 62 and older to the current level of the America the Beautiful annual pass helps ensure parks and federal recreation areas will remain available for future generations, according a release from the Bureau of Land Management.

The Senior Pass, along with five passes included in the the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass program, provides access to more than 2,000 recreation sites managed by six federal agencies. The Senior Pass covers all entrance fees and standard amenity (day-use) fees and may provide senior discounts for things such as tours or campsites. The pass also waives the entrance fee for traveling companions.

"The lifetime Senior Pass will continue to give seniors access to parks and public lands nationwide, and even at $80, it is an incredible value," said Jamie Connell, state director for BLM Oregon/Washington.

Senior passes purchased before Aug. 28 are still good for life. The current $10 Senior Pass will continue to be sold until the $80 senior pass is implemented Aug. 28.

The pass is available for purchase in Ashland from 8 to 11:30 a.m. and noon to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Ashland Ranger Station inside Ashland Fire Station No. 2 at 1860 Ashland St.

It can be purchased at the USGS Online Store at https://store.usgs.gov/senior-pass

Additional information about the BLM's recreation program is available online at www.blm.gov/visit, or call 541-899-3800.