Mark your calendars, or make an event on your smartphone: National Park Week is coming up! And with it, free admission to Yellowstone!
Or any national park!
April 16 to 24, the National Park Service is offering free admission across the United States park system. Offered in conjunction with the National Park Foundation, and stemming from a presidential proclamation, National Park Week will highlight the diversity and exemplariness of our national park system. Indeed, it’s one of several ongoing initiatives (from the Find Your Park project to Every Kid In A Park) geared toward getting people into the parks during the NPS’ centennial year.
National Park Week 2016 will also encapsulate several holidays and parkwide events, shown below:
• April 16: National Junior Ranger Day
• April 22: Earth Day
• April 23: National Park InstaMeet (where people Instagram their experiences)
• April 24: Park Rx Day (an event centered on healthy living)
It will be an especially good time to visit Yellowstone, since crews will have just finished spring plowing. Please note, however, that most of the Park’s restaurants and hotels will be closed (except for Mammoth). You can see the full list of opening and closing dates here.