• Red cliffs descend into the water of Bighorn Canyon

    Bighorn Canyon

    National Recreation Area MT,WY

National Park Week Announced With Free Entry

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Date: March 25, 2010

National Park Week Announced –
April 17th -25th Will Be Fee Free

National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis has just announced that National Park Week will take place from April 17 to 25. Entrance fees will be waived for the entire period, providing a wonderful opportunity for us to encourage all Americans to visit a park.

The focus will be on fitness. Half as many kids get outside as they did 10 years ago, 60 percent of Americans do not get the recommended amount of exercise, and one-third of adults are not physically active at all. During National Park Week, and throughout the year, parks are encouraged to plan activities that promote physical well being.

Junior Ranger Day on Saturday, April 24, is a particularly good time to invite visitors to plan camping excursions, hikes, scavenger hunts, bike rides, kayak trips or other outdoor family adventures.

The entrance fee free week will be in addition to the usual fee free days for National Public Lands Day on September 25 and Veterans Day on November 11. There may be additional entrance fee free days designated in 2010.

               

Did You Know?

Fort Smith Monument, photo by S. Dalby

Fort C.F. Smith, was the most isolated of the posts which guarded the Bozeman Trail. Active from August 1866 to July 1868, it was under constant threat from the Sioux and Northern Cheyenne tribes during Red Cloud’s War. The U.S. government was forced to abandon the fort and trail. Some historians have called this conflict, “the first war the United States ever lost.” More...