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 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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Free Junior Ranger Day for Kids at Petroglyph

April 17, 2013 by  
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To celebrate National Junior Ranger Day and National Park Week, Petroglyph National Monument hosts a day of free activities for kids on April 20, 2013, including see a wolf!

Pack a picnic lunch and take the family to join in the free events at Petroglyph National Monument Visitor Center this Saturday April 20 from 10 am to 3 pm.  Here’s the Junior Ranger Day schedule:

  • 10 am:  See a live wolf with Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary
  • 11 am: Safe solar viewing – I guess that’s the solar telescopes!
  • 1 pm:  See a raptor presentation
  • 2 pm: String a shell necklace

Usually, all the participating children have received Junior Ranger awards too.  I’ve no idea if that will be happening this year (there’s no mention of it) but we can hope so!

No reservations are needed, and there’s no fee to enter Petroglyph National Monument or to join in the activities. Call them at (505) 899-0205 x333 for any other info.

–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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Prehistoric Pueblo Tools & Turkey Feather Blankets at Petroglyph

July 7, 2012 by  
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Two free events at Petroglyph National Monument Visitor Center this weekend, July 7 and 8, 2012.

If you’re looking for something a bit different to do this weekend, head over to the Petroglyph National Monument Visitor Center. They hold free talks and demonstrations most weekends but I haven’t mentioned them for quite a while, so thanks to reader Kenny for telling me about the Pueblo Tools talk and reminding me to spread the word! He says it looks fun and I agree.

Prehistoric Tools of the Ancestral Pueblo free talk is on Saturday July 7 at 7 pm, and the hour-long presentation is led by archaeologist Ron Fields, who’ll show how projectiles have changed over the 12,000 years that we humans have lived in the Rio Grande Valley. Well, not WE humans exactly. I feel very old some days but I haven’t been here that long. He’ll talk about how prehistoric people survived around the area that is now the monument. (And they didn’t even have microwaves or pizza deliveries.)

There’s also a Turkey Feather Blanket Weaving Demonstration on both Saturday July 7 and Sunday July 8 from 10 am to 4 pm, with Darris Lovato of Santo Domingo Pueblo weaving turkey feather and rabbit fur blankets, and making shell inlay jewelry with silver and turquoise.

Petroglyph National Monument is free to enter, and its located on the Westside of Albuquerque on Western Trail just off Unser Boulevard NW.  

Here are directions and a map to the Petroglyph National Monument Visitor Center.

–Tania

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Free Junior Ranger Day for Kids at Petroglyph

April 27, 2012 by  
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To celebrate National Junior Ranger Day and National Park Week, Petroglyph National Monument hosts a day of free activities for kids on April 28, 2012, including see a wolf! 

Pack a picnic lunch and take the family to join in the free events at Petroglyph National Monument Visitor Center this Saturday April 28 from 10 am to 3:30 pm.  Here’s the Junior Ranger Day schedule:

  • 10 am:  See a live wolf with Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary
  • 11:30 am: Safe solar viewing – I guess that’s the solar telescopes!
  • 1 pm:  See a raptor presentation
  • 2:30 pm: String a shell necklace

In previous years, all the participating children received Junior Ranger awards too.  I’ve no idea if that will be happening again (there’s no mention of it) but we can hope so!

No reservations are needed, and there’s no fee to enter Petroglyph National Monument or to join in the activities. Call them at (505) 899-0205 x333 for any other info.

–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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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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