Friday, June 4, 2010

Get Outside! National Parks Free This Weekend (& Later This Summer, Too)

Recently, I've been outside, hiking all over southern Utah and making the most of that glorious weather window between spring and summer. You know, when it's not too unbearably hot in the desert badlands, yet the mountainous high country is just starting to open after snow melt. Now here's your excuse to get out there and do the same.

All US national parks are free-free this weekend. About 75% of NPS sites usually don't charge admission anyway. But for the 100 or so that do (including top-tier parks such as Yosemite, Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon or Zion), you'll be saving yourself $20 to $25 a carload. Who can resist the call of the wild when it's free?

If you miss this fee-free weekend, don't worry. Just plan your national parks trip for August 14 & 15, the next weekend when admission fees will be waived. (Or September 25, National Public Lands Day, by which time the crushing summer crowds will have left.)

Photo credit: Bryce Canyon NP (Michael Connolly, Jr.)

1 comment:

  1. Free is the best price to pay! Many potential park visitors are deterred by the high costs to merely getting in to one of those top-tier natural wonders. If you are suffering from financial hardship, but are still yearning for a breath of fresh air, take advantage of the fee-free weekend! National Parks are open to all, all the time; this weekend, even more so.