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Yellowstone to Waive Entrance Fee on National Public Lands Day
Contact: Al Nash, 307-344-2015
Contact: Stacy Vallie, 307-344-2015
National Park Service
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park to Waive Entrance Fee on National Public Lands Day
All National Park Service sites, including Yellowstone National Park, will offer free visitor admission on Saturday, September 27, in honor of National Public Lands Day. All Entrance fees, including commercial tour entrance fees and transportation entrance fees, will be waived on this day. A seven-day pass to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks is normally $25 for a private, non-commercial vehicle.
National Public Lands Day began in 1994 with three federal agencies and 700 volunteers. Now in its 15th year, National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance America’s public lands.
Eight federal agencies and many state and local lands participate in this annual event. In 2007, 110,000 volunteers worked in 1,300 locations and in every state on projects such as building bridges and trails, planting trees and native vegetation and removing trash and invasive plants.
In celebration of National Public Lands Day, Yellowstone is looking for volunteers to participate in trail work along the Wapiti Lake Trail in the Canyon area. Participants are asked to meet at the Wapiti Lake Picnic Area parking lot at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday. Hot drinks and snacks will be provided.
Free camping is being offered at the Norris Campground on the night of September 26. To arrange for a camping waiver call (307) 344-2052 before September 24.
Other federal agencies not charging for admittance on National Public Lands Day include the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the U.S. Forest Service.
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.