The weather looks like it will cooperate for free Yellowstone admission next weekend, as the National Park Service commemorates National Public Lands Day on Sept. 28.
Weather is an important factor this time of year in Yellowstone National Park: snow and ice forced the closure of three sections of the Grand Loop Road yesterday (the Craig Pass, Sylvan Pass and the Dunraven Pass), and the Beartooth Highway remains closed because of snow. So while free admission is always a good thing, be sure to check the weather reports before heading in. (Above: the Old Faithful Visitor Center after an inch or so of wet, heavy snow yesterday.)
Back to the free Yellowstone admission day. A seven-day pass to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks is normally $25 for a private, non-commercial vehicle. Camping and other fees will not be waived.
The NPS is waiving entrance fees on 11 days in 2013 as a way to encourage people to get outdoors and enjoy the remarkable landscapes and historical and cultural sites national parks have to offer.