National Park Service Birthday: Free Admission

August 21, 2014 by  
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Happy birthday to the National Park Service, and happy free admission to us all…

The National Park Service celebrates its 98th anniversary on August 25, 2014 and we can all share the celebration. On that birthday date, admission is free to National Parks that usually charge an entry fee.

On the fee-free day, Monday August 25, you can enter every one of the country’s 400+ national parks for free – and we’ve got plenty to choose from in New Mexico!

It’s a great opportunity to explore without paying a cent. It’s also a good excuse to plan a day trip to visit a park you don’t know yet, or return to an old favorite, with options from the Grand Canyon to Yosemite.

The New Mexico National Parks with free admission on August 25 include:

Wherever you’re going, check the links above for current conditions at the park in case they have any special weather or other park alerts or info you need to know. Some parks may also have free events. For example,White Sands National Monument offers daily patio talks with a park ranger. White Sands also hosts a daily sunset stroll – a one-hour walk through the sand dunes, guided by a ranger.

Albuquerque’s own Petroglyph National Monument is always free to enter (with a nominal parking fee at Boca Negra Canyon). Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument is always free too.

–Tania


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National Park Week Free Admission: April 19-20

March 27, 2014 by  
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If you’re ready to step into spring and get into the Great American Outdoors then plan ahead for National Park Week 2014.

Usually during National Park Week we get free access to parks for the whole week. This year they seem to be cutting back, as the free admission to parks is only on the opening weekend: April 19-20.

Still, those fee-free days means you can enter every one of the country’s 400+ national parks for free – and we’ve got plenty to choose from in New Mexico!

During the Free National Park Days  from on Saturday April 19 and Sunday April 20, 2014,  all national parks that usually charge for entry waive the admission fee and you can explore without paying a cent. It’s a good excuse to plan a day trip to visit a park you don’t know yet, or return to an old favorite, with options from the Grand Canyon to Yosemite.

The New Mexico National Parks with free admission on April 19-20 include:

Wherever you’re going, check the links above for current conditions at the park in case they have any special weather or other park alerts or info you need to know, and some may have free events

Albuquerque’s own Petroglyph National Monument is always free to enter (with a nominal parking fee at Boca Negra Canyon). Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument is always free too.

–Tania

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National Parks Free Veterans Day Weekend

November 7, 2013 by  
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In honor of Veterans Day, all National Parks that usually charge admission fees are free for all visitors for three days over the Veterans Day weekend, from November 9-11, 2013.

The Veterans Day free admission to National Parks all weekend is in tribute to America’s current and previously serving armed forces. Although it’s in gratitude for their military service, the free entry applies to all visitors.

This is the last of the National Parks free entrance days for 2013, offering a great opportunity to to take a day trip, get outside, and make the most of these last fall days.  If you’re in the mood for a weekend road trip, the free admissions include Grand Canyon National Park, Bryce Canyon, and Yellowstone National Park, among more than 100 parks waiving their fees.

New Mexico National Parks that usually charge a fee but are free from Saturday November 9 to Monday November 11 are:

Wherever you’re going, check current conditions at the park at the above links. They might have alerts about access or any areas of the parks that are closed. Some may have special free events you can join in too!

–Tania

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National Park Week Free Admission: April 22 – 26

April 17, 2013 by  
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If you missed my previous post  on this, here’s a reminder that during National Park Week 2013 you can enter every one of the country’s 401 national parks for free . We’ve got plenty of choices here in New Mexico!

During Free National Park Week  from Monday April 22 to Friday April 26, 2013,  all national parks that usually charge for entry waive the admission fee and you can explore and get out into the beautiful big country without paying a cent. It’s a good excuse to plan a day trip to visit a park you don’t know yet, or return to an old favorite, with options from the Grand Canyon to Yosemite.

The New Mexico National Parks with free admission from April 22-26, 2013, include:

Wherever you’re going, check the links above for current conditions at the park in case they have any special weather or other park alerts or info you need to know, and some may have free events too.

Albuquerque’s own Petroglyph National Monument is always free to enter (with a nominal parking fee at Boca Negra Canyon). Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument is always free too.

–Tania

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National Park Week Free Admission

April 9, 2013 by  
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During National Park Week 2013 you can enter every one of the country’s 401 national parks for free – and we’ve got plenty to choose from in New Mexico!

If you’re ready to step into spring and get into the Great American Outdoors then plan ahead for National Park Week 2013.

During Free National Park Week  from Monday April 22 to Friday April 26, 2013,  all national parks that usually charge for entry waive the admission fee and you can explore without paying a cent. It’s a good excuse to plan a day trip to visit a park you don’t know yet, or return to an old favorite, with options from the Grand Canyon to Yosemite.

The New Mexico National Parks with free admission from April 22-26 include:

Wherever you’re going, check the links above for current conditions at the park in case they have any special weather or other park alerts or info you need to know, and some may have free events

Albuquerque’s own Petroglyph National Monument is always free to enter (with a nominal parking fee at Boca Negra Canyon). Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument is always free too.

–Tania

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National Parks Free Martin Luther King Jr Day

January 13, 2013 by  
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As the first in a series of  National Parks Fee-Free Days to come this year, more than 100 National Parks across the country that usually charge admission fees are free for all on January 21, 2013. This is in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  

The Monday, January 21 free admission day includes these New Mexico National Parks that are waiving their usual fee:

Wherever you’re going, check the links above for current conditions at the park in case they have any special weather or other info you need to know, and some may have free events for the holiday too.

–Tania

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National Parks Free Veterans Day Weekend

November 5, 2012 by  
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In honor of Veterans Day, all National Parks that usually charge admission fees are free for all visitors for three days over the Veterans Day weekend, from November 10-12, 2012.

The Veterans Day free admission to National Parks all weekend is in tribute to America’s current and previously serving armed forces, and although it’s in gratitude for their service, the free entry applies to all visitors.

This is the last of the National Parks free entrance days for 2012, offering a great opportunity to to take a day trip, get outside, and make the most of these lovely fall days.  If you’re in the mood for a weekend trip, the free admissions include Grand Canyon National Park, Bryce Canyon, and Yellowstone National Park, among more than 100 parks waiving their fees for three days.

New Mexico National Parks that usually charge a fee but are free from Friday November 10 to Sunday November 12 are:

Wherever you’re going, check current conditions at the park, and some may have special free events you can join in too.

–Tania

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National Parks Free Admission: September 29

September 24, 2012 by  
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More than 100 national parks that usually charge admission fees are free for all on National Parks Free Entrance Days.

Here’s a reminder that it’s a National Parks free admission day on Saturday September 29, 2012 to celebrate National Public Lands Day.  It’s a great excuse to take a day trip, get outside, and make the most of the last great days of summer.  

Parks that usually charge admission but are free on September 29 include the New Mexico National Parks on this list:

The next round of Free National Parks Entrance Days are on November 10-12 for Veterans Day weekend. So mark your calendar now. Or, of course, make sure you subscribe to ABQ on the Cheap by email or RSS feed - ‘cos you know I’ll remind you!

–Tania

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National Parks Free Admission: September 29

September 4, 2012 by  
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More than 100 national parks that usually charge admission fees are free for all on National Parks Free Entrance Days.

We’ve got a National Parks free admission day coming right up on Saturday September 29, 2012 to celebrate National Public Lands Day.  It’s a great excuse to take a day trip, get outside, and make the most of the last great days of summer.  So consider this a heads-up to plan ahead.

Parks that usually charge admission but are free on September 29 include the New Mexico National Parks on this list:

The next round of Free National Parks Entrance Days are on November 10-12 for Veterans Day weekend. So mark your calendar now. Or, of course, make sure you subscribe to ABQ on the Cheap by email or RSS feed - ‘cos you know I’ll remind you!

–Tania

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National Parks Free Admission: June 9

June 6, 2012 by  
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If you missed our earlier post on this, here’s a reminder that on National Get Oudoors Day, more than 100 national parks that usually charge admission fees are free for all.

Get Outdoors Day is on Saturday June 9, 2012, and it’s one of the National Parks free admission days when participating parks waive their regular admission fee and you can explore without paying a cent.

There are ten New Mexico National Parks with free admission on June 9:

It’s a great excuse to take a day trip, get outside, and make the most of summer – totally free!

–Tania

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