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Contact: Charlie Strickfaden, Chief Ranger, 928-526-1157 x228
Contact: Wupatki Visitor Center, 928-679-2365
Sunset Crater Volcano, Walnut Canyon, and
Wupatki National Monuments Celebrate Public Lands Day with Free Entry
Flagstaff, AZ- The Flagstaff Area National Monuments (Walnut Canyon, Sunset Crater Volcano, and Wupatki National Monuments) will be joining National Park Service units across the country in celebrating National Public Lands Day (NPLD) with fee free entry into the Monuments.
The National Monuments will also celebrate our public lands with the Flagstaff Festival of Science. On Saturday, September 24, the parks will have hands-on exhibits at the Science in the Park at Wheeler Park.
National Public Lands Day began in 1994 and is intended to encourage shared stewardship of our nation's public lands. Today, NPLD is the nation's largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance federal, state and local public lands.
This year, NPLD will be celebrated on Saturday, September 24. Visitors who arrive on the 24th will be allowed to enter the Monuments free of charge. Monument visitor centers will have Interagency Senior and Annual Passes available for those who wish to purchase them. Additional fee-free days in 2011 will include Veteran's Day weekend (November 11 - 13.) To learn more about National Public Lands Day, please visit the NPLD web site at www.publiclandsday.org. To learn more about the Flagstaff Festival of Science, please visit www.scifest.org.
The staff at the Flagstaff Area National Monuments would like to encourage the monuments' friends and neighbors to take advantage of this national "fee free" day by getting reacquainted with their local national monuments. Walnut Canyon National Monument is located 10 miles east of downtown Flagstaff via I-40 and can be reached at (928)526-3367 and on the web at "www.nps.gov/waca." Wupatki National Monument is 26 miles north of Flagstaff via Hwy 89, and can be reached at (928)679-2365 and "www.nps.gov/wupa.". Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument is located six miles east of down Flagstaff via Hwy 89 and can be reached at (928)526-0502 and "www.nps.gov/sucr."