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National parks, forests drop fees Saturday for Public Lands Day

September 28, 2012|By Mary Forgione | Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
  • The Ibex Dunes in Death Valley National Park, which usually charges $20 per car or $10 for those entering on foot or bicycle. On Saturday, the admission fee will be waived.
The Ibex Dunes in Death Valley National Park, which usually charges $20… (Mark Boster / Los Angeles…)

National parks and monuments, national forests and other wild places will waive admission fees Saturday in honor of National Public Lands Day. The idea is to encourage people to get out and see these natural places and maybe even work to help preserve them.

The deal: Not all parks and forests charge fees for admission, but those that do will be free. For example, Death Valley National Park usually charges $20 per car or $10 for those entering on foot or bicycle. Same price for Sequoia & Kings Canyon and Yosemite national parks.

In the Angeles National Forest, the fee-free day means visitors won't have to buy and display a $5 Adventure Pass to park at trail heads or other forest locations.

When:Free admission to parks and forests is good Saturday only.

Details: Note that though admission is free, reservation and camping fees still apply. If you're looking for a volunteer opportunity, go to the National Public Lands Day website to find scheduled activities in Southern California and across the country.

Contact: National Public Lands Day or call individual parks or forests for more information.

mary.forgione@latimes.com

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