Last updated: 03:53 PM ET, Fri October 02 2015

How Seniors Can Get Into National Parks for Free

Destination & Tourism | Donald Wood | October 02, 2015

How Seniors Can Get Into National Parks for Free

PHOTO: Rocky Mountain National Park. (Photo by Ryan Rudnansky)

While most people think about 'senior skip day' as something you did in high school, Humana, in partnership with the National Park Service, is using the notion to offer people 62 years of age and older free admission to any park nationwide on Oct. 8.

Humana Senior Skip Day has been established to encourage visitors 62 and older to break out of their normal routines and visit one of the 400-plus national park properties in the United States.

Eligible guest will not only gain complimentary access on Oct. 8, but will also have the chance to print out a free voucher at home that can be redeemed at participating National Park Service sites for lifetime access with the Interagency Senior Pass.

National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis released a statement about the Senior Skip Day initiative and the partnership with Humana:

“Natural environments have a direct and positive impact on well-being and the national parks provide countless opportunities to get active and stay fit outdoors. We are grateful to Humana for bringing awareness to the ways the national parks can help overall health and well-being.”

While the Humana is offering the deal to seniors, other visitors not eligible can still receive discounts by purchasing annual passes good at any park, at any time of year. The annual pass is $80 a year for people 16 and older, and seniors typically pay only $10 a year for their passes. Military personnel, children 15 and younger and people with disabilities receive free entry.

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