Free Entry to America’s National Parks

Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park

Now is an excellent time to get outdoors and experience some of America’s natural beauty.

Visitors can enjoy free entry to America’s 397 national parks during National Park Week 2012. The event runs from Saturday, April 21 through Sunday, April 29.

During that time, visitors can explore more than 84 million acres of spectacular scenery, historic places and cultural treasures at no cost.

Special events include Volunteer Day on April 21, Earth Day on April 22, and Junior Ranger Day on April 28. Each park offers a range of activities, including camp sites, ranger-led hikes, kayaking and more.

“America’s national parks have something for everyone,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “Take a break and experience something new, enjoy some fresh air, get some exercise, and see where history happened. And, since admission is free to all 397 parks, all week long, National Park Week is a great time to get up, get out, and explore a park.”

National parks can be found across the United States. For more information, see