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Contact: Rosemarie Salazar, 970-529-4629
Director Jon Jarvis announced that the National Park Service will waive entrance fees 17 days in 2011 to encourage all Americans to visit their national parks.
"These fee-free weekends provide an opportunity for individuals and families alike to take an affordable vacation or to explore a nearby park they have never visited before," said Jarvis. "I encourage everyone to take advantage of the free admission to visit not only our greatest natural wonders but also our nation's historic and cultural icons."
There are 392 national park units located across the country in 49 states, 147 of them charge entry fees ranging from $3 to $25. There are an additional 245 parks that do not have entrance fees so you can plan a free visit year-round. Mesa Verde National Park's $10 (winter) to $15 (summer) entry fee will be waived on the weekend of Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January 15-17), National Park Week (April 16-24), the first day of summer (June 21), National Public Lands Day (September 24), and the weekend of Veterans Day (November 11-13).
The fee-free waiver does not include other fees collected in advance or by contractors—such as fees charged for camping, reservations, tours and use of concessions. The National Park Service website provides information to help the public plan their park adventures at www.nps.gov.