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Contact: David Eaker, 435-772-7811
Contact: Shelagh Forester, 435-772-7816
Zion National Park will offer its annual Fee Free Day on Saturday, September 27, 2008, in observance of National Public Lands Day. On that day, the National Park Service will join the other Department of the Interior Bureaus, U.S. Department of Agriculture and Utah State Parks to waive entrance fees including commercial tour entrance fees and transportation entrance fees.
In addition to the Fee Free Day on Saturday, September 27, Zion National Park and other Department of the Interior Bureaus will offer an additional Fee Free Day on Sunday, September 28, for newly naturalized citizens to the United States. This Fee Free Day will not include the Department of Agriculture or Utah State Parks. On July 4, Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne issued a press release welcoming newly naturalized citizens to national parks. “Our National Parks celebrate the story of America: our history, our heroes and the ideals upon which we build our future. With this invitation I want to give our newest citizens, those who have chosen to adopt America as their home, a chance to come and experience those pieces of America for themselves.”
“We would like to invite all of our neighbors to take advantage of these two days to reacquaint themselves with their local national park,” said Superintendent Jock Whitworth. As part of America’s public lands, Zion National Park offers opportunities to experience an incredible display of natural and cultural history and provides outstanding opportunities for hiking, sightseeing, and renewal of the human spirit.
Watchman and South Campgrounds and the Zion Lodge are open. The Zion Canyon Visitor Center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the Kolob Canyons Visitor Center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Zion Human History Museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Daily ranger conducted activities include a guided shuttle tour at 9 a.m., talks on the Human History Museum patio at 11:25 a.m. and 2:25 p.m. and evening programs at the Watchman Campground Amphitheater at 8:30 p.m. and the Zion Lodge Auditorium at 9 p.m. All programs are free and tickets for the guided shuttle tour are available at the Zion Canyon Visitor Center the day before the tour.
Visitors entering Zion National Park on Saturday, September 27 and Sunday, September 28 will receive a non-transferable, park pass for the day of entry only. Tunnel escort fees, camping fees and backcountry permit fees will remain in effect.
For more information regarding these two Fee Free Days at Zion National Park call 435 772-3256.