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Get Outdoors Day | Free Entrance to Over 100 National Parks

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Saturday, June 9, 2012 - All Day | Cost: FREE


In the immortal words of John Muir: “You may close California’s parks, but you’ll never have our national parks. Hell, we’ll even make them free.

Okay so the conservationist didn’t say that but there are Free Entrance Days in the National Parks, special fee-free days that you should take advantage of to visit parks that usually cost entrance fees.

Here are the observed days in 2012:

  • January 14-16 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday weekend
  • April 21-29 for National Park Week
  • June 9 for Get Outdoors Day
  • September 29 for Public Lands Day
  • November 10-12 for Veterans Day weekend

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Making the fun even more affordable, many national park concessioners are joining the National Park Service in welcoming visitors with their own special offers. Check back on this site to find those.

Free National Park Day 2012
June 9 for Get Outdoors Day
Free Admission
Participating California National Parks:

  • Cabrillo (Normally $5 vehicle fee and $3 entrance fee)
  • Death Valley $20, $10
  • Joshua Tree $15, $5
  • Lassen Volcanic $10, $5
  • Lava Beds $10, $5
  • Muir Woods $7
  • Pinnacles $5, $3
  • San Francisco Maritime – Always Free
  • Sequoia-Kings Canyon $20, $10
  • Whiskeytown $10, $5
  • Yosemite $20, $10

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Cost: FREE
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