THANKS TO Jaunted for the tip-off. This year the U.S. National Parks are offering lots of free entrance days. The first ones were held over National Park Week in April, and this weekend — June 5 and 6 — it continues.
For a list of the 100+ parks that are participating, check out this alphabetized list (by state). Reservations, camping, and concessions, however, will not be free. But private partners of the Parks are offering up some attractive discounts during the Fee Free days.
Future Free Entrance Days this year are:
- August 14 – 15
- September 25 (Public Lands Day)
- November 11 (Veterans Day)
Of course “free” does come at a price. No doubt there will be hordes of visitors, especially at the more popular parks.
If you do decide to go (at any time, not just on these days), do me a favour please: Leave the guns at home. But if you must go packing, just try not to shoot any bears.
David Page questions the idea of promoting the parks to draw in more visitors than they can handle. Weigh in at How to Save America’s Parks: Pack ‘Em With People?
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