National Park Service Waives Entrance Fee August 14/15
Contact: Amy Vanderbilt, 406 888-5838
Contact: Wade Muehlhof, 406 888-7895
WEST GLACIER, MONT. – Glacier National Park officials announced that the park will waive entrance fees on August 14 and 15 along with all National Park Service sites to encourage all Americans to visit our national parks.
“This fee-free weekend provides an opportunity for individuals and families alike to take an affordable vacation or to explore a nearby park they have never visited before,” Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazarsaid. “I encourage everyone to take advantage of the free admission to visit not only our greatest natural wonders but also our nation’s historic and cultural icons.”
There are 392 national parks located across the country in 49 states. The entrance fees are being waived at the 146 sites which usually charge for admission. There are 246 other parks that do not have entrance fees so you can plan a free visit year-round. A complete list by park or state is available at http://www.nps.gov.
The fee free waiver does not include other fees for camping, reservations, tours and use of concessions. The next fee free days are September 25 (Public Lands Day) and November 11 (Veterans Day). A regional travel publication incorrectly listed Founders Day, August 25, as fee free, which it is not.
Extensive information is available for people planning a trip to Glacier on everything from hiking the backcountry to ranger-led activities at http://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/index.htm. Glacier is commemorating its centennial this year and numerous centennial events are scheduled throughout 2010. A complete calendar of events can be found at http://www.glaciercentennial.org.
Current road conditions are available by calling 511, the Montana Department of Transportation Traveler Information System. If a phone does not support 511, call 1-800-226-7623. Both numbers are toll-free. Select “Glacier Park Tourist Information” from the main menu to hear Glacier’s road report. Travelers may also call park headquarters at 406-888-7800 for current road and weather conditions.
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Did You Know?
If current trends continue, some scientists predict that by the year 2030, Glacier National Park will not contain any glaciers and many of the park's smaller glaciers will melt even sooner.