Yosemite's Half Dome
Mark your calendars for National Park Week: April 21-29, 2012. Admission to all 397 parks nationwide will be free the entire week. What better time to experience the great outdoors! This year’s theme, “Picture Yourself in a Park,” encourages folks to create memories while exploring the 84 million acres of spectacular scenery, historic landmarks and cultural treasures that make up our national parks. There will be ranger talks, nature hikes, guided tours, and family-friendly activities throughout the week.
The following parks in California will waive entrance fees (normally costing $3 to $20) for National Park Week.
- Cabrillo National Monument
- Death Valley National Park
- Joshua Tree National Park
- Lassen Volcanic National Park
- Lava Beds National Monument
- Muir Woods National Monument
- Pinnacles National Monument
- Sequoia National Park
- Whiskeytown Unit National Recreation Area
- Yosemite National Park
If you’re unable to visit a park during National Park Week, additional free dates in 2012 are June 8 (Get Outdoors Day), September 29 (National Public Lands Day), and November 10-11 (Veteran’s Day weekend). Remember, there are many national parks which never charge an entrance fee.
Which national park will you visit?