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Celebrate National Parks Week with free entrance to national parks in 2012

Grand Canyon National Parks week free entranceHave you ever been to a national park?  If you have, you have seen the natural beauty and stunning landscapes that are a part of this great country.

If you haven’t been to a national park, here’s your chance.  April 21 kicks off National Parks Week as you can get free entrance to national parks starting this Saturday.

Every year, the National Parks Service (NPS) celebrates natural wonders like Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, and more with free entrance days to national parks.  On certain days in 2012, take advantage of free entrance and avoid the $10 to $15 fees per vehicle.

The 2012 free entrance days to national parks kicked off Martin Luther King Jr weekend January 14 – 16.  However, now that spring is here and the temperatures are warming up, many more people are ready to get out and enjoy our national parks.

Check out how our national parks got started, thanks to John Muir.

Celebrate National Parks week with free entry

In 2012, here are the dates for free entrance to National Parks.

  • January 14 – 16 (Martin Luther King Jr weekend)
  • April 21 – 29 (National Parks Week)
  • June 9 (Get Outdoors Day)
  • September 29 (National Public Lands Day)
  • November 10 – 12 (Veterans Day weekend)

So enjoy our national parks with free entrance starting April 21.  Don’t miss your chance to see some of the most beautiful natural areas and landmarks this country has to offer in 2012!

For a list of free national parks, services, fees, and information, check out this list from the National Parks Service (NPS).


And check out why closing our parks is stupid.

What is your favorite national park?  Will you visit a national park in 2012?

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  1. Randall says:

    I had no idea this was going on – thanks for the post idea! :)

  2. Someday I’d love to see every national park in the U.S. I wish I lived closer to one so I could take advantage of this week!

    • Sadly, I haven’t been to that many and I am close to so many on the west coast. Shamefully, there are some of the best national and most popular national parks in the country that are a few hours away and I’ve yet to see. However, give me any outdoors place where I can hike and I just enjoy being outside. Maybe part of me just wants to avoid all the tourists so I find smaller, quieter places to go.

      How many parks have you done?

  3. Leigh says:

    It’s too bad they don’t do this in Canada. Mind you I buy a pass good for basically 13 months if you buy it early in the month and it allows unlimited access to all National Parks in Canada. Since I’m only 75 minutes away from Banff, I get my money’s worth very quickly.

    • There is a National Parks pass here in the US as well. It’s a good deal if you want to see a few parks. However, for those only visiting one or two, it’s not worth the price (around $80 I believe).

      I need to visit Banff one day. How many national parks does Canada have? Have many have you been to?

  4. Great idea. I don’t think I knew of this but with Central Park literally around the corner and the closest ones on the list a car ride away, I probably would have ignored it.
    Good information. Thanks for sharing, Jeremy.

  5. rashmi says:

    I am going to Colorado. I sure would like to go to the Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Park for free

  6. Amanda says:

    I love that they do this a few times a year! I’m going to have to do my own national parks post next week…

    So far, my favorite national park is a toss-up between Grand Canyon NP and Arches NP.

    And I will indeed be visiting a national park in 2012 – I’m heading out to Yosemite in May!

    • Hope you have a great time in Yosemite. I’ve yet to visit but will make a trip soon. I’ve been to Grand Canyon as well. You can’t put into words or pictures what it’s like to really be there.

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