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#1 buckland

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Posted 06 August 2022 - 04:29 PM

I am a bit confused about access, senior, and America the Beautiful cards.

I got my America the Beautiful card when I turned 62, 6 years ago, and I am pretty sure it is lifetime. My question is: Is it both access and senior card? Or, must I apply for an Access card as well?

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Posted 06 August 2022 - 04:32 PM

I believe your card is the access card, unless something has changed.


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Posted 06 August 2022 - 04:40 PM

Thanks Steve ... I find it is best to not be overly confident about such things and later find out I missed the bus. Like at the entrance to the park!


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Posted 06 August 2022 - 05:27 PM

The Senior Pass does it.  It's the one we geezers need and love. :)


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Posted 06 August 2022 - 05:43 PM

OMG!!! I just realized I are one of those Geezer people. Gotta get a official pass purchased..
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Posted 06 August 2022 - 05:57 PM

It's indeed a confusing topic. I believe the term "America The Beautiful pass" applies to the entire series of passes.  Or more properly, they are the "America the Beautiful - The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Series"...

 

ANNUAL PASS - (for people who don't qualify for any of the other passes or would just prefer to have that one)

 

MILITARY PASS (for current military members and dependents, Reserve and National Guard members,  US military veterans and Gold Star Family members)

 

4th GRADE PASS (for 4th graders including the summer after their 4th Grade school year)

 

SENIOR PASS  (for US citizens and permanent residents over 62.  For this one there are two variants, "Annual Senior" and "Lifetime Senior".  And here's a tip: if you buy the annual senior version and later want the lifetime senior one, you can turn in any old annual senior passes for credit on the purchase of the lifetime one.)

 

ACCESS PASS (for US citizens and permanent residents who are permanently disabled)

 

VOLUNTEER PASS (for volunteers with over 250 hours volunteering at one or more of the agencies sponsoring the pass)

 

See this link for details (and follow links in the page for more details and Frequently Asked Questions...

 

National Park Service Entrance Passes webpage (Note: the policies there apply to all agencies participating in this program, not just to the NPS)

 

Also- The type of pass should be right on the card, i.e., if it's an Annual Senior pass, the words annual and senior are on the card.   If you have the older Lifetime Senior pass with the red cactus flowers on the front, the word "Senior' is on the front and the "Lifetime" part is on the back.  The newer ones have both words on the front.


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Posted 06 August 2022 - 06:17 PM

Well then... I am all set! Now Just don't lose it...I keep it in the glove box in the truck


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Posted 06 August 2022 - 06:29 PM

Old Crow, thanks for your excellent documentation on the access passes. It's appreciated.

 

A funny aside I'd like to add. For many years prior to becoming geezers, Julie and I each received a Volunteer Pass every year because of our volunteer work. Don't get me wrong, we very much appreciated receiving them. But, if you do the math, it comes out to $0.32 an hour. Annual pass costs $80. 250 hours times 32 cents is $80. It just always struck me as funny, working for 32 cents an hour. But, of course, payment had nothing to do with our volunteering. :)


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Posted 06 August 2022 - 06:32 PM

Well then... I am all set! Now Just don't lose it...I keep it in the glove box in the truck

 

I've got two, one in the wallet and one in the glove box in the truck. (I bought a second one just prior to the cost moving up to $80 for lifetime.) Julie's got one in her wallet.


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Posted 06 August 2022 - 07:48 PM

I keep mine on the mirror. So few know what it its I'm not worried about it getting stolen.


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