Admission is free at all national park sites on Saturday – CBS Baltimore

(CNN) — yellowstone? Free. Yosemite? Free. Everglades? Free!

It starts on Saturday National Park Week 2022. And to celebrate, the National Park Service is offering free entry all 423 of its pages on 04/16

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This includes not only these Marquee National Parks, but all other types of sites managed by the NPS: National Battlegrounds such as antietam in Maryland; national historic sites such as Birthplace of President Theodore Roosevelt in New York; National monuments like the Indians effigy mound in Iowa; and national coasts like Cumberland Island in Georgia. (Click here for a complete listing of all NPS locations, which are called “units” there).

In fact, most NPS websites are free year-round. Just 108 charge a fee. And as you suspect, it’s the big names that ask you to pay to enter: places like Sheets in utah, crater lake in Oregon and Shenandoah in Va.

But this Saturday they are all free.

5 days off in 2022

Just in case you missed the day off in January and don’t make it to an NPS site on Saturday, there are three dates left if entrance fees are waived For you planners:

4th of August: Anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act
09/24: National Public Land Day
November 11th: Veterans Day

One catch: “The admission fee waiver for toll-free days does not cover amenities or usage fees for activities such as camping, boat launches, transportation, or special tours,” says the NPS.

If you’re not a big planner, it might be a good idea to get into the habit – especially if you want to check out a popular site on a day off.

Of these more than 420 sites in the national park system, the 25 were best more than half of the total number of visits to the system last year. Some parks set attendance records.

Surcharges, pre-reservations, special passes, sweepstakes and visitor restrictions are all in play in 2022.

If you want to visit a specific website, check their website first.

The rest of the national park week

While the free-for-all is only one day long, the NPS has a full week of social media topics planned, one for each day.

For example, Sunday is Creativity Day and Wednesday is Opportunities on Workforce when you can find out about jobs at NPS and its partners.

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Click here for details of each day.

national park strategies

Because the competition for entry into the system’s Yellowstones and Yosemite is so fierce, you may want to strategize whether or not it’s a free day.

First of all, plan as early as possible. Many places are fully booked faster than ever.

Also, consider visiting lesser-known or hard-to-reach parks. The NPS encourages people to see their other offerings, which may be less crowded. Some ideas:

Congaree National Park (South Carolina): This is the “largest intact tract of old-growth lowland hardwood forest remaining in the [Southeast].” You will not find a comparable national park.

Great Basin National Park (Nevada): This features 13,063 foot Wheeler Peak, sage covered foothills and the darkest night sky.

Guadalupe Mountains National Park (Texas): About 110 miles east of El Paso, it features the four highest peaks in Texas, canyons, desert landscapes and dunes.

Katmai National Park and Reserve (Alaska): Stunning views and brown bear sightings are just two of the highlights of this park southwest of Anchorage.

With gas prices so high, it makes sense to visit Parkcluster.

An idea: During your visit Bandalier National Monument in New Mexico can be found nearby Valles Caldera National Reserve. And only about 90 minutes away is scenic Carson National Forest, conducted by the USDA Forest Service. There is no fee and it has beautiful views for driving and walking.

If you want to find the parks near you, Click here.

Correction: A previous version of this story had the wrong date for the day off. It’s Saturday, April 16th.

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