Yosemite National Park to Waive Fees for Veterans Day Weekend (2012)
In celebration of Veterans Day, Yosemite National Park will offer free admission on Saturday, November 10 through Monday, November 12. This fee free weekend is offered to all visitors in honor of current members, retired members, and reserve members of the United States armed forces and their families.
This fee free weekend has been observed since 2006. Waiving entrance fees to all public lands on Veterans Day and Veterans Day Weekend is one way to show appreciation for the millions of men and women who fight to keep America's public lands accessible to all Americans.
Veteran's Day falls on November 11 of every year. The holiday was created as a as a result of the signing of the armistice between Germany and the Allied nations at the 11 th hour of the 11 th day of the 11 th month of 1918. In 1954, the U.S. Congress approved November 11 as the day to honor all American veterans for their service to and sacrifices made for the United States. Yosemite National Park honors veterans throughout the year by providing clear and easy hiring guidelines for employment. Specifically, Yosemite employs over 100 veterans who provide interpretive services to visitors, patrol the hiking trails, and perform many other duties throughout the park.
Fees being waived for Veterans Day Weekend include the fees associated with entrance into the park only. All other fees associated with camping, lodging, or activities within the park are not waived. The fee waiver is good for Saturday, November 10 through Monday, November 12, 2012 only.
Did You Know?
In Yosemite Valley, dropping over 594-foot Nevada Fall and then 317-foot Vernal Fall, the Merced River creates what is known as the “Giant Staircase.” Such exemplary stair-step river morphology is characterized by a large variability in river movement and flow, from quiet pools to the dramatic drops of the waterfalls themselves.