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Promoted 02-13-2015 by longmanj9 at 11:09 PM View Original Post
National Park Service.gov is offering their National Parks Entrance Free Days valid from February 14-16, 2015 (President Day Weekend) for Free [Participating Parks List]. Thanks SUCHaDEAL

Note, only 133 of our country's 405 national parks usually charge an entrance fee, so all fees are waived on February 14-16, 2015. Please check with each park for operating hours and event schedules.

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For those planning a future trip to various national parks, you might consider marking your calendar for these entrance fee-free dates in 2015. Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise - Discombobulated

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Last Edited by mike93704 January 4, 2015 at 12:53 PM
America's Best Idea - the national parks - is even better when it's free!
Mark your calendar for these entrance fee-free* dates in 2015:

January 19 Martin Luther King Jr. Day
February 14-16 Presidents Day weekend
April 18-19 opening weekend of National Park Week
August 25 National Park Service Birthday
September 26 National Public Lands Day
November 11 Veterans Day

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*Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.
EDIT: One concern was crowding during the fee-free days, but I see these dates are not during peak summer periods (Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, etc.) so there may not be significant extra crowds for most places. One thing is that for those staying more than one day--some places will want you to show a receipt for your entrance fee when you leave, because the entrance fee is for a certain time period. If you enter during a fee-free day and stay several days, the fee-free entrance does not allow you to stay for free past the fee-free period.

Most places don't check, but some popular parks do check when they have park ranger staffing at the exit/entrance gates (though this is rare, they used to do this at Yosemite). You can get around this if you happen to stay past the free period by leaving when the exit booth isn't staffed. You may want to ask before leaving after a multi-day stay whether they will check your receipt.

Link to list of parks by state:

http://www.nps.gov/findapark/feef...ystate.htm

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January 19
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
February 14-16
Presidents Day weekend
April 18-19
opening weekend of National Park Week
August 25
National Park Service Birthday
September 26
National Public Lands Day
November 11
Veterans Day
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Thank you
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Is there a list of the participating parks by state?
Thanks OP
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Thanks!
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Is there a list of the participating parks by state?
Thanks OP
There was this link [nps.gov] off the page OP posted.
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Wheres the deal? They run this every year.
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Thanks for reminding me!
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Wheres the deal? They run this every year.
99% of us here on S/D Need the reminder.

Big thumbs up from me.
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Our taxes already pay for these parks. Any admission fee is robbery. 2015 is again the "Year of the Sheep"
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Anyone who is disabled can get a lifetime free pass for national parks, too. It's called the Access Pass:

http://store.usgs.gov/pass/access.html
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Our taxes already pay for these parks. Any admission fee is robbery. 2015 is again the "Year of the Sheep"
yeah right... if they were free daily, just imagine all the people gathering for barbeque everyday..
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Our taxes already pay for these parks. Any admission fee is robbery. 2015 is again the "Year of the Sheep"
I suspect a number of the people who visit are foreign tourists -- who don't pay federal taxes and who don't mind paying the modest admission fee (much less than what you'd pay for a movie for a family of 4 ... or for 2). I think the most expensive fees are about $20 for a one week visit to some of our most popular national parks.

One week. For a full car of tourists. $20

Also, I would say 90% of local residents do not regularly visit national parks. Should they be taxed the same to support the parks, or would it be more fair to charge those US citizens who use the parks more often the entrance fee -- or what I do is buy the annual park pass for $80 which gives unlimited access to all 2,000 National Parks and recreation sites.

After you reach 62, Americans can get a lifetime pass for $10 which does not need to be renewed every year. $10 for a onetime pass to 2,000 federal recreation sites for the rest of your life.

Sure, we can have taxes paid solely by American taxpayers completely fund the National Parks. That would mean services at the parks would suffer a dramatic downturn if they ran solely on federal tax revenue, or we will all have to pay more in taxes to maintain the current levels so that visitors from other countries won't have to pay admission (which they don't seem to mind doing).
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