Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Aug. 25: National Park Service's Birthday

Update: The National Park Service is turning 100! The fee-free day continues this year. See more on the website!

The National Park Service is turning 97.  Admission and day-use fees at national parks are waived on Sunday, Aug. 25, so it might be a good time to plan a day trip. I visited Grand Canyon National Park on a fee-free day in September and saved $25.

Looking for a national park in Arizona? 

Note: The Hohokam Pima National Monument is not open to the public.

Of course, there are also national parks and monuments that never charge an entrance fee.
Other fee-free days are planned in 2013. They are:
  • Sept. 28 for National Public Lands Day, which I took advantage of in 2012.
  • Nov. 9-11 for Veterans Day weekend.
There is a disclaimer on the website that not all fees may be waived. It's best to call the park ahead of time to ask.

It says:

*Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.

If you visit national parks often, consider purchasing an annual pass ($80), which gets to in to more than 2,000 national recreation areas. There are also senior, military, volunteer and access passes.