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Death Valley National Park will offer free entrance on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015 for National Public Lands Day. The 22nd annual event encourages everyone to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors, wherever they may be. Many local events in communities nationwide will be available for the public to participate in.
"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 Jonathan B. 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."
The National Park Service will offer free entrance to all national parks on Sept. 26. Other Federal agencies offering free admittance on Sept. 26 include the U.S. Fish &Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation, the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, and the U.S. Forest Service.
Only entrance fees will be waived. Camping fees and expanded amenity fees, such as Scotty's Castle tour tickets, will still apply.
Park staff reminds people spending sustained periods of time outdoors to drink plenty of water and wear sunscreen. Mornings are cooler in Death Valley and high elevations offer respite from higher afternoon temperatures. For more information about Death Valley National Park, visit www.nps.gov/deva.
For more information about National Public Lands Day, visit http://www.publiclandsday.org/.