Better grab your Senior Park Pass before price hike

COLORADO SPRINGS - The National Park Service is enacting for the first time in two decades a rate hike.

Starting on Monday, those 62 and up will have to fork up $80 for a lifetime park pass instead of the usual $10.

The "America the Beautiful Pass" gives the holder and up to three adults unlimited entry to more than 2,000 sites.

The price hike is due to legislation passed by Congress back in December.

If you or someone you know is interested in applying for a pass before the hike takes effect, here are a couple of ways to do it:

Apply by mail- Fill out this application and send it in, along with a $20 fee ($10 for the pass, $10 for processing). It must be postmarked Aug. 27 or earlier.

Apply online- Visit to apply online before Aug. 28. Cost is $20 ($10 for the pass, $10 fee for processing). Because the system is backlogged, you may not receive the pass for months, but you will be able to use your confirmation at the different sites.

Purchase it in person- Visit one of the federal recreation areas where passes are issued to purchase the $10 pass before Aug. 28. Be sure and call ahead to see if passes or rain checks are available.

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