What Are the Benefits of a Golden Access Passport for Seniors?


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The National Park Service Golden Access card, sometimes called the Golden Access Passport, is available to anyone of any age who has a disability that impairs a life function. The card grants free access to recreation areas managed by the federal government as well as certain discounts.

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The Golden Access card is free to those who qualify and grants free access to National Parks and other federally managed recreation areas. Passengers accompanying the pass holder in a private vehicle also do not have to pay the entrance fee. Pass holders also get a 50 percent discount at campgrounds in National Park Service, National Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and Army Corps of Engineers areas.

The discount does not apply to camp areas managed by concessionaires. A 50 percent discount on guided tours for the pass holder only is available at the Wind Cave in South Dakota.

The National Parks Service has a separate Senior Pass for those who are 62 or older and who are not eligible for the Golden Access card. This pass, which is available for a one-time payment of $10 in person or $20 online, grants many of the same benefits that the Golden Access card does.

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