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Contact: Abby Wines, 760-786-3221
DEATH VALLEY –Death Valley National Park and all other National Park Service areas will be celebrating National Park Week, April 16 through 24, by waiving entrance fees.
All National Park Service areas will also waive entrance fees on the following special dates in 2016:
- August 25-28 –National Park Service 100th Birthday Weekend
- September 24 –National Public Lands Day
- November 11 –Veterans Day
The entrance fee waiver does not cover camping fees, which will continue to be charged.
Death Valley National Park Superintendent Mike Reynolds said, "I hope the entrance fee waivers will provide an extra motivation to encourage people to come visit this spectacular national park!"
Usually, Death Valley National Park has an entrance fee of $20 per car. Death Valley National Park retains 80% of entrance fees collected in the park. The park plans to use these funds for projects such as improving the picnic area at Furnace Creek, improving the visitor use area at Dantes View, repaving Sunset Campground, and repairs to flood-damaged buildings and infrastructure at Scotty's Castle. The other 20% of entrance fee revenue goes to support projects primarily at parks that do not charge an entrance fee.
This is a particularly special time to visit a national park because the National Park Service is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2016. There are 410 units of the National Park System, including national recreation areas such as Lake Mead and national historic sites such as Manzanar.