National Park Week – Free Admission
National Park camping is now free – for a limited time. To celebrate National Park Week, the National Park Service is partnering with the National Park Foundation to offer free admission to any national park the week of April 15 – April 23rd 2017 .
National Park Camping
We recommend this time to go national park camping. National Parks offer some of the most beautiful views and are maintained by rangers to ensure the wildlife is not as dangerous as camping in an unfamiliar forest. Speak with the Park Rangers for tips on each park and they will help direct you to the safest areas to camp.
Take advantage of the free admission and go visit your nearest national park for a nice day of fun.
Activities to do in a National Park:
- Horseback Riding
- canoeing / kayaking
- Rock Climbing
Not every park has all the activites available, use the nps.gov’s tool for finding a park with the features you are looking for: Find a national park.
Don’t forget to check out our camping checklist.
History of the National Park Service
Exert from NPS.gov
By the Act of March 1, 1872, Congress established Yellowstone National Park in the Territories of Montana and Wyoming “as a public park or pleasuring-ground for the benefit and enjoyment of the people” and placed it “under exclusive control of the Secretary of the Interior.” The founding of Yellowstone National Park began a worldwide national park movement. Today more than 100 nations contain some 1,200 national parks or equivalent preserves.
United States Congress established Yellowstone National Park in 1872. On March 1, 1872, President Ulysses S. Grant signed the Yellowstone National Park Protection Act into law. The world’s first national park was born. There are currently 59 National Parks operated by the National Park Service which is an agency under the Department of the Interior.