FARMINGTON — People 62 years old or older who want to purchase lifetime public lands access passes will have to pay more starting in late August, according to a press release from the National Park Service.

The passes now cost $10, but changes in legislation required the National Park Service to increase the price to $80, which is the same price people pay for an Interagency Annual Pass.

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The $10 passes will be sold through Aug. 28. If people buy a pass prior to Aug. 28, they will not have to pay extra, and the pass will be valid throughout their life.

The legislation also establishes an annual pass for seniors. The pass can be purchased for $20 and must be renewed yearly. 

The senior pass can be used at sites that charge entrance fees and are managed by the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Forest Service or U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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Senior passes can be purchased at any of those sites or online or by mail. An additional $10 will be charged for online or mail purchases. In the press release, the National Park Service warns seniors that processing the passes that are ordered online or through the mail could take several months.


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