National Park Week
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Interior Secretary Salazar Announces National Park Service Will Waive Entrance Fees During National Park Week
WASHINGTON, DC – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that all 392 national parks will have free admission during National Park Week, April 17 to 25. Parks will also offer additional family friendly activities and special offers on tours, lodging, food, and souvenirs. A listing of parks and promotions is available at www.nps.gov/npweek. This fee waiver does not include camping and special permit fees.
"We are rolling out the red carpet and inviting everyone to visit a national park and help celebrate National Park Week," said Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. "Parks are fun and affordable destinations and great places to engage in healthy, outdoor activities, whether for a few hours or a few days."
National Park Week, a program of the National Park Service, is an opportunity to engage families and communities in America’s Great Outdoors, reconnecting them with nature and creating close to home opportunities for people to get outside, be active, and have fun.
"National parks preserve our heritage, promote recreational experiences, and provide places of quiet refuge," said National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis. "Most people live within a short drive of a national park so I encourage everyone to spend some time enjoying America’s Great Outdoors during National Park Week."
Bryce Canyon National Park is renowned for its spectacular geology and colorful rock formations. In recognition of National Park Week, special promotions will be offered by Forever Resorts and the Bryce Canyon Natural History Association. Park rangers will offer special programs. For details on National Park Week check at the park’s visitor center, opened daily from 8 am to 6 pm. Here you can obtain information on hiking, trail conditions and ranger programs. You can also purchase books, watch an orientation video and explore the museum. The Bryce Canyon Lodge, restaurant, gift shop and general store are open for the season. North Campground is also open. Canyon Trail Rides offers guided horse trips into the canyon.
The park has closed the Wall Street section of the popular Navajo Loop Trail due to falling rocks and will remain closed until further notice. When conditions are safe, park staff will assess the trail conditions to determine when it can be reopened. Visitors should inquire at the Visitor Center for the latest trail information.
The other section of the Navajo Loop Trail, known as Two Bridges, remains open but visitors are cautioned to watch out for falling rocks and slippery trail conditions. Hiking is at their own risk. Along this trail, visitors can still complete the 3-mile long Queen’s Garden/Navajo Loop Combination Trail.
Due to abundant snow fall this winter, the park is still largely snow covered. Visitors should be prepared for winter driving conditions and dress appropriately. The park’s trails are snow-packed, icy, muddy and slippery. Visitors are urged to wear hiking boots with lugged soles for traction and use caution when descending and ascending steep trails.