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Free national park dates for 2013 announced

Posted Nov 14, 2012 by Janine Dorsey

Updated Jan 17, 2013 at 01:24 PM


The Department of the Interior announced several dates in 2013 when more than 2,000 national parks, national forests, national wildlife refuges, and other federal lands will offer free admittance to everyone.

The fee waiver does not cover expanded amenity or user fees for things such as camping, boat launches, transportation, or special tours.

Active duty military members and their dependents are eligible for a free annual pass that provides entrance to lands managed by the National Park Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and the U.S. Forest Service.

Other discounted passes available include the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Program which offers a free lifetime pass for people with disabilities, a $10 lifetime senior pass for those age 62 and over, and a $80 annual pass for the general public.

The scheduled waived-fees days are:

January 21 (MLK Day) - Participating agencies: National Park Service, Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, US Forest Service

April 22 - 26 (National Park Week) - Participating agency: National Park Service

June 8 (Great Outdoors Day) - Participating agency: US Forest Service

August 25 (National Park Service Birthday) - Participating agency: National Park Service

September 28 (National Public Lands Day) - Participating agencies: National Park Service, Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, US Forest Service

October 13 (National Wildlife Refuge Day) - Participating agency: Fish & Wildlife Service

November 9 - 11 (Veterans Day weekend) - Participating agencies: National Park Service, Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, US Forest Service

For a list of the recreation opportunities available at these national lands, visit the Department of the Interior website.

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