Senior National Park pass set to increase

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

If your retirement includes traveling, you should seriously think about picking up a pass to our nation's scenic parks. For the first time in 23 years, the cost for the pass will increase.

For now,  Americans the age of 62 and older have the chance to get a $10 pass that gives access to visit all of the national parks for the rest of their lives.

But Aug. 28 that fee will raise to $80.

The increase was part of the National Park Service Centennial Act, signed into law last December by former President Obama. The additional fee will help pay for the maintenance of the parks.

Rachel Roth, who works at the Great Plains Nature Center said the increase has been good for business. "So many more people are motivated to get passes while it's still the cheaper price and it's a lifetime pass. So you might as well get it now, even if you're not planning a trip immediately," Roth said. 

You can also purchase the lifetime pass online, but there is an added $10 fee to process applications. 

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