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Contact: Arches and Canyonlands: Angie Richman, 435-719-2140
Contact: Hovenweep and Natural Bridges: Sierra Coon, 970-562-4282
MOAB, UT—The Southeast Utah Group of national parks (Arches and Canyonlands national parks and Hovenweep and Natural Bridges national monuments) is joining national parks across the country in waiving entrance fees on five days in 2019 as a way to encourage people to get outdoors and spend time with their friends and family in their national parks this year.
The National Park Service will offer the following fee-free days in 2019:
- Monday, January 21 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
- Saturday, April 20 – Start of National Park Week / National Junior Ranger Day
- Sunday, August 25 – National Park Service Anniversary
- Saturday, September 28 – National Public Lands Day
- Monday, November 11 – Veterans Day
This fee-free opportunity applies to entrance fees only and does not affect fees for camping, backcountry reservations, tours, or other special uses.
Visitors to the Southeast Utah Group of parks can enjoy a wide range of activities such as hiking, photography, traveling scenic drives and rugged backcountry roads, visiting ancient cultural sites, and strolling pathways that lead to interesting rock formations and beautiful desert vistas.
Normally, 115 of the 418 national parks in the country charge an entrance fee, while the other 303 national parks do not.
Park visitors can also purchase annual and lifetime passes to cover entrance fees throughout the year. The annual $55 Southeast Utah Parks Pass allows unlimited entrance to national parks in the Southeast Utah Group (Arches, Canyonlands, Hovenweep, and Natural Bridges) for an entire year from the date of purchase. The annual $80 America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass allows unlimited entrance to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including all national parks that charge an entrance fee. There are also free or discounted passes available for senior citizens, current members of the military, families of fourth grade students, and citizens with disabilities.
The National Park System includes more than 84 million acres and is comprised of 418 sites, including national parks, national historical parks, national monuments, national recreation areas, national battlefields, and national seashores. There is at least one national park in every state.
For additional information about the Southeast Utah Group of national parks visit our websites:
Arches National Park www.nps.gov/arch
Canyonlands National Park www.nps.gov/cany
Hovenweep National Monument www.nps.gov/hove
Natural Bridges National Monument www.nps.gov/nabr