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Old 12-27-2012, 06:32 AM   #1
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Golden Age Passport

Has any one ever use the Golden Age Passport and if so what are the benifits to it in relation to camp grounds.

Any feed back would be helpful.

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TopV, The Golden Age Passport is only good at National parks, not state parks or any other park. You can get a Golden Age Passport for about 10.00 for a lifetime if you are I beleive 62. If you are disabled it is free. We have used ours many times. At Nationl parks where they are charging 25.00 entry fee. We would get in free.
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Old 12-27-2012, 07:32 AM   #3
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we purchased ours at the entrance to the Grand Canyon...$10 you only need one to get in free. We stayed two nights in the Grand Canyon for $18...no hookup. The scenery was breathtaking!
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Old 12-27-2012, 08:30 AM   #4
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TopV, The Golden Age Passport is only good at National parks, not state parks or any other park. You can get a Golden Age Passport for about 10.00 for a lifetime if you are I beleive 62. If you are disabled it is free. We have used ours many times. At Nationl parks where they are charging 25.00 entry fee. We would get in free.
The pass is good at any facility that is managed by these 5:

Bureau of Land Management
Bureau of Reclamation
Fish and Wildlife Service
USDA Forest Service
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Old 12-27-2012, 08:45 AM   #5
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Also now called the "America the Beautiful" pass.
We plan to visit every National Park possible with our MH travels.
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The pass is also honored at Louisiana State Parks for a 50% discount. But, you may need to be a La. resident for the discount.
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The "Geezer" card also gets you a discount at the Fort Bliss RV Park (for those military/retirees authorized to use the park).
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Old 12-27-2012, 09:37 AM   #8
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TopV, The Golden Age Passport is only good at National parks
Not true. See Don Dee's post for other places at which it's honored (or turn your card over and read the back).

The Golden Age Passport (now the Senior Pass) offers free entrance to all Federal recreation areas that have an entrance fee and also offers half price on some amenity fees, such as campgrounds.

Here is the link where you can read about the Senior Pass:

U.S. National Park ServiceAmerica the Beautiful

The Access Pass has the same perks as the Senior Pass, does not have an age limit, and is free to all U.S. citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities.
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The Golden Age Pass, Senior Pass, is also honored at Corps of Engineers Parks, at least here in Texas. There is no entry fee and camping is 1/2 off regular price. If you reserve on line, you must pay for all nights in advance. It is not honored in Texas State Parks.
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Golden Age/Senior Pass is well worth the investment, pass gives you free access to all Federal Recreation ares (NP, USFS, Corps of Eng, DNR and etc.) also gets your reduced camping rates in most of these areas. Some states also honor the pass at State Park and Campgrounds. 9 nights camping @ Denali National Park $190.00 plus access fee, with Golden Age/Senior Pass $95.00 no access fee, pretty good $10.00 investment if you ask me!

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I would like to thank you all for your input. It seems you all agree the card is well worth it and gets you a return in its first use.

Once again thank you. This will be helpful in my up coming retuerment.

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Has any one ever use the Golden Age Passport and if so what are the benifits to it in relation to camp grounds.

Any feed back would be helpful.

Thanks Joe
I use mine all the time but only COE CGs honor it here in TN. I get 50% off. The state parks sometimes give a 10% discount for seniors or those who served in the military. So we stick to COEs when camping. Camping is limited to 14 days at the COEs.

The card was $10 and we made that back that same weekend at a Land Between The Lakes CG.
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Now days they call them (America the beautiful, Golden age and a few others) "Inter-agency passes" they all work much the same.

At the National parks, forests and such (The list is in a previous post) they get you anywhere from 1/2 off to 100% off on admission and/or camping (1/2 on camping) so at the grand canyon, The 10 dollar Golden age pass cost LESS than 1 car admission, and it's a one time fee, it can be used over and a over and a over again, one time 10 bucks, and a lifetime of free access... V/s more than that every time you pull in.

Alas it does not work at the campgrounds in Grand Canyon now that they are managed by a vendor.

However at Twin Lakes COE park,, We get half off

And at Forest Service parks, we gat half off

So here is how I spend most of my winter.

2/3 of the time I'm in a membership campground, roughly 45 dollars a month for roughly 20 nights a month. 1/3 is split between the COE park 50 amps, water and a dump station, 11/night,, And a county park (Nov,Dec,Jan,Feb only) 12/night (NOTE: this is the full price) 50 amps, Water and dump station. Come Mar 1 the full price at the county park goes up and the pass does not work there so ...

But we recovered our 10 bucks, plus profit, like 2 minutes after we filled out the application at the Grand Canyon Gate.
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Alas it does not work at the campgrounds in Grand Canyon now that they are managed by a vendor.
That is only true of Trailer Village, the full service RV park run by a concessionaire.

However, Mather Campground and Desert View Campground, the NPS-run campgrounds, honor the Senior and Access Passes for half-price camping.
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