February 6, 2015
Contact: George Land
Joshua Tree National Park, Twentynine Palms, CA—Free admission, warmer weather, longer days, and fewer crowds make this day a great time to visit a national park. To celebrate Presidents Day weekend, the parks are waiving entrance fees on Saturday, February 14 through Monday, February 16, 2015. This is a great time to hike a portion of the 17,000 miles of trail located in national parks all over the country.
Visitors to Joshua Tree National Park are reminded that the weather in February can be unpredictable and temperatures may fluctuate. When hiking or walking, always carry plenty of water (1 gallon per person per day), use sunscreen, wear a hat, and layer clothing to accommodate the changes in weather.
Campers and picnickers are reminded to bring water, as most park campgrounds and picnic areas do not have water available. Potable water is available at park visitor centers and at Black Rock and Cottonwood Campgrounds as well as the Indian Cove Ranger Station.
The National Park Service entrance fees will also be waived on:
- April 18-19, 2015: National Park Week's opening weekend
- August 25, 2015: National Park Service's 99th birthday
- September 26, 2015: National Public Lands Day
- November 11, 2015: Veterans Day
Fees for activities such as camping, reservations, tours, or concessions will still be collected as normal.
"National parks offer visitors great places to exercise their bodies and their minds—or just relax with family or friends."
- National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis