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.