Petrified Forest Celebrates National Park Week
Contact: Hallie Larsen, 928-524-6228 ext. 274
Petrified Forest—Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced recently that all 392 national parks will have free admission during National Park Week, April 17th to 25th. Many national parks charge entrance fees which can range from $3 to $25. The fee free waiver for National Park Week does not include other fees collected in advance or by contractors—such as fees charged for camping, reservations and use of concessions.
“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. A listing of parks and promotions is available at www.nps.gov/npweek.
This year, Petrified Forest National Park will celebrate National Park Week with adventures such as:
For details of the activities and opportunities throughout the week, visit http://www.nps.gov/pefo/npsweek.htm
We will also offer our regular daily programs:
10:00 am Painted Desert Inn Tour:
1:00 pm Triassic Program: How did these once living trees turn to stone? Meet in the Rainbow Forest Museum sunroom. Find out on this easy ranger talk or guided walk (weather depending) along the Giant Logs Trail.
3:00 pm Puerco Pueblo Program: Find out about the ancestral Puebloan people who once lived in this 100 room pueblo. Meet at the Puerco Pueblo Trail at the south end of the parking lot for an easy ranger-guided 1/3 mile walk.
“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.”
For information call (928) 524-6228; or write to the Superintendent, Petrified Forest National Park, P.O. Box 2217, Petrified Forest, AZ 86028; or e-mail the park Superintendent.
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