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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Free admission to national Parks this weekend

Admission to the National Parks is FREE this weekend, June 5 and 6, 2010. With longer days and fewer crowds, there’s no better time to visit places like the Rocky Mountains National Park, Mesa Verde, or Yellowstone. (Fees for activities such as camping, reservations, tours, or concessions are not affected by the entrance fee waiver.)

245 of the 392 National Parks are free year-round. The other 147 parks charge entrance fees ranging from $3 to $25.

You might want to hike some of the 17,000 miles of trail located in national parks on National Trails Day on June 5. The National Park Service National Trails System also manages more than 50,000 miles of historic and scenic trails of national importance, such as the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail, and more than 1,000 national recreation trails of local or regional significance.

On these special weekends, some of the national park concessioners are joining the National Park Service with the their own special offers. The National Park Service entrance fees will also be waived on other dates this year.

Fee-free days this year:
June 5-6, 2010
August 14-15, 2010
September 25, 2010
(Public Lands Day)
November 11, 2010
(Veterans Day)