National Park Service announces fee-free days for 2018
Posted: 3:55 PM, Dec 26, 2017
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Sarah Stio, NPS
<p> </p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:400;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><strong>Number 5: Zion National Park.</strong> 4,295,127 people visited Utah’s first national park. Zion hiking trails lead visitors to breathtaking views and there are hikes for all ages and abilities. As you explore keep an eye out for Zion’s diverse wildlife. <a href="http://trailmob.com/field-guides/fauna/hoofed-mammals/mule-deer" target="_blank">Mule deer</a> are common. Birders also flock to Zion, some highlights include a wide variety of <a href="http://trailmob.com/field-guides/field-guide-to-birds-of-north-america/birds-of-prey" target="_blank">birds of prey</a> including raptors, such as <a href="http://trailmob.com/field-guides/fauna/birds-of-prey/coopers-hawk" target="_blank">cooper’s hawks</a>, <a href="http://trailmob.com/field-guides/fauna/birds-of-prey/red-tailed-hawk" target="_blank">red-tailed hawks</a> and <a href="http://trailmob.com/field-guides/fauna/birds-of-prey/american-kestrel" target="_blank">american kestrels</a>. But the bucket-lister for every bird watcher is the <a href="http://trailmob.com/field-guides/fauna/birds-of-prey/california-condor" target="_blank">endangered California Condor</a>. </span></p>
The National Park Service invites the public to experience all national parks on four days in 2018. The 2018 entrance fee-free days are:
January 15: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
April 21: First Day of National Park Week
September 22: National Public Lands Day
November 11: Veterans Day
Fee-free days for national parks mark opportunities for the public to participate in service projects, enjoy ranger-led programs, or just spend time with family and friends exploring these diverse and special places.
Last year, 331 million people visited national parks, spending $18.4 billion, which supported 318,000 jobs across the country and had a $35 billion impact on the U.S. economy.