‘Free’ National Park Week

From Yellowstone to Zion, beginning this weekend, April 16 – 24, the National Park Service celebrates National Park Week, where entrance fees to the country’s 394 parks are waived. Says the Service, “whether you prefer a 20-mile backcountry hike in Yosemite or a leisurely stroll around Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, [National Park Week] offers a chance to explore these places on your own.” For free!

Beyond National Park Week, there are several other dates throughout the year were entrance stickers are free. Mark your calendar for these fee-free days in 2011:

  • January 15-17 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday weekend)
  • April 16-24 (National Park Week)
  • June 21 (First day of summer)
  • September 24 (Public Lands Day)
  • November 11-13 (Veterans Day weekend)
Stephen Regenold

Stephen Regenold is Founder of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of five, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.