September 24, 2012
Chiricahua National Monument will waive entrance fees on Saturday, September 29 in recognition of National Public Lands Day. National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis announced that all 397 national park sites will offer free entry in an effort to encourage individuals, families and communities to reconnect with nature and explore America's great outdoors. National Public Lands Day is also a time for individuals to consider volunteering their time and energy through beneficial projects.
National Public Lands Day began in 1994 with a purpose to increase awareness of the value of all public lands, to foster shared stewardship of America's national resources, and to encourage people to volunteer their time. Many people will lend a hand to help the land and spend part of National Public Lands Day volunteering on work projects across the country. More than 170,000 people are expected to plant trees, clean watersheds, remove invasive plants, replace signs, and otherwise beautify 2,000 public sites. Visit www.publiclandsday.org for more information.
"National Public Lands Day reminds all of us of the vast and diverse nature of America's open spaces, from small neighborhood parks to large national parks, and the importance of each one," said National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis. "We are fortunate that more than 600 million acres of public land, including national parks, provide all of us with cherished places where we can go to unwind, recreate, or learn."
National Public Lands Day is the only time that entrance fees are systematically waived on ALL public lands across America. Fees will be waived at national park units, as well as other land management sites including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and U.S. Forest Service areas. In addition to National Public Lands Day, United States veterans are admitted free to national parks each year on Veterans Day in November.
Western National Parks Association, the nonprofit organization that operates the bookstore in the visitor center at Chiricahua National Monument, will offer a 15% discount on all items in the store in recognition of National Public Lands Day. The fee waiver applies to entrance fees only and does not include fees for camping. Chiricahua National Monument includes the Bonita Canyon Campground; campsites are $12/night. For more information about planning a trip to the monument, visit www.nps.gov/chir or call the visitor center at 520-824-3560 x302.