May 2006

Good News For The ‘Golden Years’

Attention, Seniors Et Al

By Mike Brookes

Arizona sightseers, RVers, campers, fishermen, boaters, and their friends and families: Here is some good news and information for seniors and their friends and families.

How would you like free admission to all national parks and monuments in the United States? How would you like a 50 percent discount on camping and cave tours administered by federal agencies?

How about a 50 percent discount for parking, fishing, boating in Arizona lakes that are located in the national forests? And, how about going to Sedona’s Red Rock areas and not having to purchase a Red Rock permit?

All of these advantages are available with a simple one-time purchase of a lifetime Golden Age Passport, and the coast is only $10. The pass affords people an opportunity to visit places they might not have when they were younger, and the price is right.

The Golden Age Passport may be issued to a citizen or permanent resident of the United States who is 62 or over. The unique card allows the passport signer and accompanying passengers in non-commercial vehicles free entrance and reductions in the previously mentioned venues and may be used in lieu of a Red Rock permit.

If the passport is used for parking, it must be displayed appropriately on the dashboard (with a receipt, if that is required).

How does one get a Golden Age Passport? Simply visit any national forest or national parks monument office.

And, to those a bit younger than 62, remember to take your favorite Golden Age Passport senior with you and enjoy both the company and the savings — from the Grand Canyon to Canyon Lake and all points in between.