Enjoy Free Admission to Yellowstone This Weekend
Contact: Al Nash, 307-344-2540
National Park Service
Yellowstone National Park
Enjoy Free Admission to America’s First National Park
Celebrate the beginning of summer and National Trails Day by enjoying free entrance to Yellowstone National Park this weekend, June 5-6.
Yellowstone is waiving entrance fees this weekend as part of a national initiative instituted by Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar. The purpose is to encourage individuals and families to take affordable, nature-oriented vacations in America’s beautiful national parks.
An abundance of opportunities to reconnect with nature await visitors to Yellowstone. View some of the park’s famous hydrothermal features – more than 10,000 – including over 300 active geysers (2/3 of the world’s geysers). Yellowstone is also home to an abundance of wildlife, including 67 species of mammals and 320 recorded species of birds.
National Trails Day on June 5 is an opportune time for taking day hikes or overnight backpacking trips on some of the 1,100 miles (1770 km) of park trails. Because of wildlife activity, high water, and snow conditions, hikers are urged to contact a visitor center to be advised of local conditions before hiking or backcountry camping. Backcountry camping permits are required.
Visit historic sites such as the Fishing Bridge Museum, Norris Geyser Basin Museum, Obsidian Cliff, the Old Faithful Inn and Historic District, Roosevelt Lodge Historic District, and Fort Yellowstone at Mammoth Hot Springs.
Yellowstone’s younger visitors will enjoy becoming a Junior Ranger or a Junior Scientist (http://www.nps.gov/yell/forkids/index.htm). Young and old alike will enjoy participating in a ranger-led activities (http://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/rangerprog.htm), viewing exhibits or taking in a film at one of the park’s visitor centers, such as the new film at the Canyon Visitor Education Center, Yellowstone: Land to Life. Afterwards, enjoy the beauty and grandeur of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone from one or more of its overlooks.
Fees that are being waived include entrance fees, and commercial tour fees. The waiver is good for entrance on Saturday and Sunday, June 5 and 6 only. Visitors entering the park after June 6 will be required to pay the entrance fee. The waiver does not include other fees such as those charged for camping, reservations, tours and use of concessions.
In addition to free entrance this weekend, you will also be able to enjoy the park for free again during the weekend of August 14 and 15.
Whether you’re an avid hiker, birdwatcher or photographer, or just seeking a relaxing or educational experience, Yellowstone has something for you.
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Did You Know?
Some groups of Shoshone Indians, who adapted to a mountain existence, chose not to acquire the horse. These included the Sheep Eaters, or Tukudika, who used dogs to transport food, hides, and other provisions. The Sheep Eaters lived in many locations in Yellowstone.