Pack your rucksack: It's National Park Week
Free admission celebrates America's public treasures
If spring weather has you hankering to ditch work or school in favor of enjoying the great outdoors, this might just be the perfect time to play hooky.
Through this Friday, April 26, admission to the U.S.'s 401 national parks is free, from Mesa Verde N.P. in Colorado to Acadia N.P. in Maine and beyond to destinations such as Haleakalā National Park in Hawaii.
The true bargain is a part of National Park Week, held annually by the National Park Service.
The scope of this country's national parks system is immense, which according to the National Park Foundation, includes:
- 84 million acres under protection
- 17,000 miles of hiking and walking trails
- 43,000 miles of shoreline
- 27,000 historic and prehistoric structures
- 100 million museum items
- 12,000 campsites
Now those are perfect reasons to set-up camp while saving a bit of scratch.
Photo of Mesa Verde National Park is courtesy of Greg Thilmont
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Bold indicates national parks.
of course the national parks free when most of them are closed yellowstone doesnt open till memorial day weekend thanks to dept. of interior
FYI National Parks are always free. They have a suggested donation price like many museums. And you are a jerk if you don't pay.
About 20 years about South entrance to Yosemite park was $5.00. I gave the attendant $20.00 and told her I don't want any money back.
My wife hit me and said it was $5.00. But then I told the attendant to keep the extra in the Park service and not go to the General fund.
Two years ago then they rose it to $20.00.
Did I plant the First seed to raise Park fees ?
Free this weekend. They will probably lock them down afterwards as part of the
budget cut. Don't let the President shut down your national parks while he reduces
hours on one of 4 White House Chefs.
Well, this is very interesting. I am being furloughed from the United States Park Police, the same United States Park Police that come up under the National Park Service, but they can turn around and announce FREE admission into the Parks to the public? Really! While I am not against making admission to the National Parks Free to the public, I do have a problem with being told that "we" have no funds and have to furlough the workers! At least the Park Police workers. This is such a crock! I so beyond frustrated and upset! This is a part of the Federal Government that is hidden from the public!
I'll be Voyageurs National Park will be crowded with tents resting on top of the snow
The National Park Sernice?
The same National Park Service, that was laying people off, for lack of funds, caused bynthe sequester?
That National Park Service?
Now they have enough money they can forego admission for a week?