Celebrate National Parks Week With Free Admission and More

Get in free, and then enjoy one of these awesome programs.
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Get in free, and then enjoy one of these awesome programs.
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Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Love national parks? Of course you do. And for four days this month, you can enjoy them for free. All National Park Service sites across the nation will grant fee-free both this weekend, April 15th-16th, and next weekend, April 22-23. This means visitors won’t have to pay the usual $3-30 charge per vehicle at the 124 sites that charge admission, though extra fees for things like campsites and permits will still apply.

That's not all, though: National parks around the country will also be hosting special programs and activities ranging from talks to guided hikes to hands-on ceramics demos. Here are a few to watch out for:

How Do They Get Up There?, Devils Tower National Monument: Only 1% of the visitors to Devils Tower actually climb its namesake formation. Join a ranger to learn how they do it.

Hamblin Mountain Sunrise Ranger Hike, Lake Mead National Recreation Area: Rangers will lead an early hike through rugged terrain for a chance at glimpsing local wildlife.

3 Parks 2 States 1 Trail, Kings Mountain National Military Park: The name says it all. Cover some ground with state and national park rangers on the Ridgeline Trail.

Birding 101, Golden Gate National Recreation Area: Get an intro to identifying our feathered friends with docent Jane Haley.

Walking with the Superintendent, Petroglyph National Monument: Join Superintendent Dennis Vásquez for a two-mile jaunt around the Albuquerque Volcanoes.