Free National Park Days for 2013

We didn’t manage to take advantage of a free National Park visit Veteran’s Day weekend — I would have liked to go to Muir Woods but didn’t have a full day to dedicate to ferrying up to the North Bay and back. But take heart, more free days are coming in 2013, according to this press release:

WASHINGTON– Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced dates in 2013 when more than 2,000 national parks, national forests, national wildlife refuges, and other federal lands will offer free admittance to everyone.

“Our national parks, wildlife refuges, forests and other public lands offer every American a place to get outdoors, learn about our nation’s history and culture, and restore our spirits,” Salazar said. “By providing free admission, we are rolling out the welcome mat for Americans to visit and enjoy these extraordinary treasures that belong to all of us.”

Tourism and outdoor recreation tied to public lands are powerful economic engines in communities across the country. Recreation on federal lands provided 440,000 jobs and contributed $55 billion to the economy in 2009. Each year, over 280 million national park visitors pump $31 billion into local economies, supporting 258,000 jobs.

“We have a fantastic network of public lands that provides world class recreational opportunities, showcases our nation’s rich and diverse history, and features some of the most incredible scenery around,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “The fee free days will give both first time and repeat visitors a good reason to spend time exploring these remarkable places.”

The 13 Fee Free Days in 2013 include Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Jan. 21), National Public Lands Day (Sept. 28), and Veterans Day Weekend (Nov. 9-11).  A full list of dates and participating agencies is listed below. The fee waiver does not cover expanded amenity or user fees for things such as camping, boat launches, transportation, or special tours.

Additionally, active duty military members and their dependents are eligible for a free annual pass that provides entrance to lands managed by the National Park Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and the U.S. Forest Service. TheAmerica theBeautifulNational Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Program also offers a free lifetime pass for people with disabilities, a $10 lifetime senior pass for those age 62 and over, and an $80 annual pass for the general public.

 

Dates Event Participating Agency
January 21 Martin Luther King Jr. Day National Park Service

Fish & Wildlife Service

Bureau of Land Management

USForestService

 

April 22 – 26 National Park Week National Park Service

 

June 8 Great Outdoors Day USForestService

 

August 25 National Park Service Birthday National Park Service

 

September 28 National Public Lands Day National Park Service

Fish & Wildlife Service

Bureau of Land Management

Bureau of Reclamation

USForestService

 

October 13 National Wildlife Refuge Day Fish & Wildlife Service

 

November 9 – 11 Veterans Day weekend National Park Service

Fish & Wildlife Service

Bureau of Land Management

Bureau of Reclamation

USForestService

 

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