See a park, save a buck—the final such opportunity in 2012.
Federal recreation lands—national parks, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) sites, national forests and national wildlife refuges—will all waive entrance fees and standard amenity fees such as trailhead parking passes during the upcoming Veterans Day weekend, Nov. 10-12.
This includes the biggest parks, from Grand Canyon and Yosemite, to lesser-known nuggets of the federal recreation land system such as Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument west of Santa Fe, N.M., where high temperatures this week are forecast to hover in the low to middle 70s.
Be aware that other customary fees at these sites will still be charged, including:
• campground fees
• advance reservation fees
• permit fees
• some tour fees
• concession fees
• cabin-rental fees
• group day-use fees
Even so, it’s a good excuse to get out and take in some fresh air. Go, see, enjoy.
A view of String Lake in Grand Teton National Park after a recent snowfall. (Photo: D. Lehle, National Park Service)