Published: Monday, 20 January 2014 14:56
National Park Service director Jonathan B. Jarvis has announced nine entrance-fee-free days for America’s national parks in 2014, as follows: January 20, Martin Luther King Jr. Day; February 15-17, Presidents Day weekend; April 19-20, National Park Week’s opening weekend; August 25, National Park Service’s 98th birthday; September 27, National Public Lands Day; and November 11, Veterans Day.
“National parks not only protect and preserve the places we most value, they also add enormous economic value to nearby communities and the entire nation. Visitor spending represents a $30 billion annual benefit to the national economy and supports more than 250,000 jobs,” Mr. Jarvis said. “Fee-free days are a great way to both thank those visitors and introduce parks to first-timers who can find a new place to call an old favorite.”
Normally, 133 national parks charge an entrance fee that ranges from $3 to $25. The entrance fee waiver does not cover amenity or user fees for things such as camping, boat launches, transportation, or special tours.
Other federal land management agencies that will offer fee-free days in 2014 are the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Army Corps of Engineers. Contact each of these agencies for details.
For more information about the U.S. national parks, visit www.nps.gov.