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Contact: Andy L. Fisher, (520) 733-5139
Tucson, AZ - Saturday, September 27 is Public Lands Day across the nation. It is a day set aside each year to celebrate land that is publicly owned by the American people and encourage those people to come out and enjoy a day in their public lands. All 401 National Park sites across the country are joining Saguaro National Park in waiving entrance fees to celebrate the day and many are hosting volunteer opportunities for people who choose to serve in honor of the day.
At Saguaro National Park, there is an organized volunteer buffelgrass pull in the Tucson Mountain District (west) planned for that morning, from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Volunteers are asked to pre-register for the event. Visit http://publiclandsday.org/npld-sites/saguaro-national-park for more information and to register.
In addition to free entrance into the park, Western National Parks Association (WNPA) will offer a 15% discount on all book and gift sales to all visitors in both Saguaro National Park's visitor centers.
Active duty members of the U.S. Military and their dependents are reminded that they may be issued a free America the Beautiful pass any day between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at either visitor center. This pass will permit the pass owner, and up to 3 other adults traveling with them, entrance into all National Parks for 12 months. They must show a current, valid military identification card to qualify for the pass. Additional passes are available to anyone for purchase, including the Interagency Senior, Annual, and Access Passes. Inquire inside either visitor center for additional information.
Please remember that the fee free day waives entrance fees only. Additional user fees, such as backcountry camping permit fees, still apply.
For more information on Saguaro National Park, please visit the park's website at www.nps.gov/sagu.