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National parks and forests go fee-free for Veteran's Day weekend

November 07, 2012|By Mary Forgione | Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
  • Namesake trees at Joshua Tree National Park east of Los Angeles. National parks and forests waive admission this weekend for Veteran's Day.
Namesake trees at Joshua Tree National Park east of Los Angeles. National… (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles…)

National parks and national forests have a Veteran's Day deal open to all: free admission. Not all parks and forests charge an entry fee, but those that do will welcome visitors free of charge.

The deal: The weekend marks the last fee-free day in 2012. (The next one is the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday in mid-January.) This means you save the $20 entry fee at national parks such as Yosemite and Sequoia/Kings Canyon and the $5 Adventure Pass fee in the Angeles National Forest and other nearby forests.

When: Parks and forests are free Saturday through Monday.

Tip: Many parklands also have free hikes or campfire talks that will coincide with a free visit. Do some research on the park or forest you plan to visit. For example, Yosemite on Monday offers free ranger-led walks about photography (9 a.m.), Yosemite's first people (2 p.m.) and an evening program (7:30 p.m.).

Note that fee-free days apply only to admission to national parklands (campgrounds and other reserved areas remain in effect) and not to California State Parks.

Info: Check online to find a list of parks at the National Park Service and forests at the U.S. Forest Service.
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