National Get Outdoors Day & Free Parks Admission

May 21, 2012 by  
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The annual National Get Outdoors Day encourages us to back slowly away from the remote control and brave the Realm of No Air Conditioning, otherwise known as Outside.

Prepare yourself, because it’s coming up on Saturday June 9, 2012. Once we’re there (outside) we’ll find free outdoor fun because during Get Outdoors Day more than 100 national parks that usually charge admission fees are free for all. This is one of the occasional National Parks free admission days when participating parks waive the 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 these beautiful summer days – fingers crossed that it is indeed beautiful on June 9. But whatever the weather, park admissions are free!

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 21 – 29

April 19, 2012 by  
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During National Park Week 2012 you can enter every one of the country’s 397 national parks for free – and we’ve got plenty to choose from in New Mexico!

If you missed our earlier post, here’s a reminder that during Free National Park Week  from April 21 to 29, 2012,  more than 100 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.

If you’re traveling beyond New Mexico, National Park Travel Deals include accommodation offers at Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park to buy two nights and get one night free between May 18 and October 13, 2012 at the Togwotee Mountain Lodge in Moran, Wyoming.

Heading up to Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado? Get 50% off a tour ticket when you buy a tour ticket between April 21 – 29, either on the 4 hour or 3.5 hour tour, and get a free dessert when you buy one dessert at Mesa Verde’s Metate Room restaurant. (Hey, the price of gas these days, every free dessert on a trip helps, right?)

At Grand Canyon National Park during 2012 fee-free days, you can get a BOGO free deal on narrated West Rim Sunset Tours, and 20% off $50 purchases at Xanterra gift shops, using these printable Grand Canyon coupons. The coupons are also valid on June 9, September 29, and November 10-12.

The New Mexico National Parks with free admission from April 21-29 include:

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

March 24, 2012 by  
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During National Park Week 2012 you can enter every one of the country’s 397 national parks for free – and we’ve got plenty to choose from in New Mexico!

If you’re ready to throw off the winter woollies and get into the Great American Outdoors (and yes it’s probably just wusses like me who are still easing ourselves into hiking the hills while humming the Sound of Music) then plan ahead for National Park Week 2012.

During Free National Park Week  from April 21 to 29, 2012,  more than 100 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.

If you’re traveling further afield, National Park Travel Deals from the National Parks Promotion Council include accommodation offers at Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park to buy two nights and get one night free between May 18 and October 13, 2012 at the Togwotee Mountain Lodge in Moran, Wyoming.

At Grand Canyon National Park during 2012 fee-free days, you can get a BOGO free deal on narrated West Rim Sunset Tours, and up to 20% off at Xanterra gift shops, using these printable Grand Canyon coupons.

The New Mexico National Parks with free admission from April 21-29 include:

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 Admission: January 14-16

January 9, 2012 by  
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If you’re already tired of Monday and looking forward to Next Weekend (capital N, capital W) you might want to take a trip to enjoy National Parks Free Entrance Days.

Over 100 national parks that usually charge admission fees are free for all on January 14 – 16, 2012, in honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend.

That includes free admission to New Mexico National Parks on this list:

The next round of 2012 Free Entrance Days in Your National Parks runs from April 21-29 for National Park Week. So mark your calendar now. Or, of course, make sure you subscribe to ABQ on the Cheap – ‘cos you know I’ll remind you!

–Tania

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National Parks Free Veterans Day Weekend

November 5, 2011 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 11-13, 2011.

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 2011, 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.

New Mexico National Parks that usually charge a fee but are free from Friday November 11 to Sunday November 13 are:

–Tania

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National Parks Free Admission: September 24

September 22, 2011 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.

If you missed our previous post, here’s a reminder that it’s a National Parks free admission day on Saturday September 24, 2011 to celebrate 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 24 include the New Mexico National Parks on this list:

The next round of Free National Parks Entrance Days  is on November 11-13 for Veterans Day weekend. So mark your calendar now. Or, of course, make sure you subscribe to ABQ on the Cheap – ‘cos you know I’ll remind you!

–Tania

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National Parks Free Admission: September 24

September 10, 2011 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 24, 2011 to celebrate 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.  (Assuming summer returns. It’s feeling a tad autumnal at time of writing.)

Parks that usually charge admission but are free on September 24 include the New Mexico National Parks on this list:

The next round of Free National Parks Entrance Days  is on November 11-13 for Veterans Day weekend. So mark your calendar now. Or, of course, make sure you subscribe to ABQ on the Cheap – ‘cos you know I’ll remind you!

–Tania

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National Parks Free Admission: June 21

June 14, 2011 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 Tuesday June 21, 2011 to celebrate the summer solstice. As the first day of summer falls on a week day, it’s not quite as convenient for most of us as the free park days on the weekends. But for those who can make it in the week, or for parents looking for a fun day with the kids, it’s a great excuse to take a day trip.

Parks that usually charge admission but are free on June 21 include the New Mexico National Parks on this list:

The next round of Free Entrance Days in Your National Parks is on September 24 for Public Lands Day. So mark your calendar now. Or, of course, make sure you subscribe to ABQ on the Cheap – ‘cos you know I’ll remind you!

–Tania

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Free National Parks Admission: April 16-24

April 15, 2011 by  
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It’s National Park Week 2011 , when you get free admission to every one of the country’s 394 national parks – and we’ve got plenty to choose from in New Mexico!

If you missed our earlier posts, here’s a reminder that Free National Park Week  is here! From April 16 to 24, 2011, every single park that usually charges for entry waives its 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 take a return trip to an old favorite.

The New Mexico National Parks with free admission from April 16-24 include:

Here’s a map of New Mexico National Parks. If you’re traveling further afield, options across the country range from the Grand Canyon to Yosemite.

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, 2011 by  
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During National Park Week 2011 you can enter every one of the country’s 394 national parks for free – and we’ve got plenty to choose from in New Mexico!

If you missed our earlier post, here’s a reminder that National Park Week 2011 provides the perfect excuse to get  into the Great American Outdoors and explore our country’s heritage and national monuments.

During Free National Park Week  from April 16 to 24, 2011,  every single park that usually charges for entry waives its 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.

If you’re traveling further afield, National Park Travel Promotions include a Mount Rainier Washington second night free deal during National Park Week (rooms start at $110), and a Room and Boat deal at Lake Mohave Resort, near Las Vegas, Nevada.

The New Mexico National Parks with free admission from April 16-24 include:

Here’s a map of New Mexico National Parks.

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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