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2018 US National Park Free Entrance Days

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On four days in 2018, all United States National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone.

January 15: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
April 21: First day of National Park Week
September 22: National Public Lands Day
November 11: Veterans Day

The parks waiving their fees are listed here: https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit...-state.htm The entrance fee waiver for fee-free days does not cover amenity or user fees for activities such as camping, boat launches, transportation, or special tours.

Note that not all parks charge an entrance fee; many are always free.

https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit...-parks.htm
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I'm shocked current DOI didn't do away with this... Thanks Zinke... I guess...
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RIP to Yosemite if/when they raise the price to $75.

Youtube "people who go missing in national park" for interesting stuff.
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I'm shocked current DOI didn't do away with this... Thanks Zinke... I guess...
I believe there were 10 free days in 2017. Fewer but not done away with just yet.
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We pay taxes, should be free forever in American parks
I would agree if a decent amount of taxes actually went toward National parks, but as it currently stands, they do not.
https://www.fool.com/taxes/2017/0...ly-go.aspx


Keep in mind that these parks are normally packed on the 'free' days.
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We pay taxes, should be free forever in American parks
You're right. But not nearly enough of that money goes to things like nature preservation and the arts. With the current administration radically shrinking the size of national parks and nature preserves, and cutting grants and increasing taxes for artists, it's very unlikely to get better soon. So maybe if you vote wisely, these issues will be more prioritized.
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But not nearly enough of that money goes to things like nature preservation and the arts.
If you like the arts, fund them. If you like nature, join a conservation group of a park friend's group and volunteer to preserve it. Don't expect everyone else to fund the things you think are valuable. Government doesn't exist to do everything that anyone thinks is important.
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If you like the arts, fund them. If you like nature, join a conservation group of a park friend's group and volunteer to preserve it. Don't expect everyone else to fund the things you think are valuable. Government doesn't exist to do everything that anyone thinks is important.
So current funding is ok cuz it's current? Great thinking you've changed my outlook
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Let me shill for the NPS if you will.

The problem isn't this administration, the problem is every administration. Everyone is pro parks, it's pro American. So every administration is going to establish a new national park to "secure" their legacy. The only problem is they don't bother increasing funding for parks. So over the years the number of national parks has crept up, while the funding is stagnant.

In respects to their only being 4 instead of 10 it's true, but they only cut out President's day and NPS anniversary outright. The other missing days are from cutting weekends to being free to only those who arrive on the first day. I.e. those other days are still free, as long as you got into the park on a free day. There is no more free day trips all weekend.

Taxes don't give enough, write your congressman (they have power of the purse) not your president. And parks are still a ridiculously good value, and hopefully after going you understand why it is important to maintain them and why their relatively low admission is deserved.
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Wow. What started out as a simple post turned into a nasty political debate
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Today is one of only four fee-free days this year, so if you don't mind crowds and want to get outside for a few hours, trade your fuzzy slippers for boots and Go! Go! Go!
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Last edited by Lumeria January 15, 2018 at 08:25 AM. Reason: typo
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So current funding is ok cuz it's current? Great thinking you've changed my outlook
Did you even read their comment? Cuz you aren't even close to their meaning.
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