Nearby areas included in Fee-free National Park Day

Stephen Darveaux snaps a photo on the Zion Overlook Trail, Zion National Park, Utah, June 13, 2013 | Photo by and courtesy of Allison Linder (Facebook.com/alinderphotography), St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Tomorrow is one of several freebie days when national parks offer visitors free entrance. Southern Utahns may not realize that besides the ole standards, Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park, many lesser-known, nearby recreation areas and national monuments are also free on these these days.

Here are some sweet spots that are closer than you realize and also free tomorrow.

Participating fee-free day areas Description Distance from St. George Typical cost
Pipe Springs National Monument, Ariz. Historic forts, cabins and trails surrounding a desert spring which has been giving life to Native Americans and Pioneers for decades 1 hour, 6 mins $5 per person for 7-day pass.
Cedar Breaks National Monument, Utah  Natural half-mile deep orange amphitheater amidst subalpine pine and cedar forests  1 hour, 25 mins $4 per person for 7-day pass
Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Nev. Vast Mohave desert wilderness on the south end of the Grand Canyon which includes the Hoover dam and Lake Mead 2 hours, 14 mins $5 per person for 7-day pass or $10 per vehicle
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Ariz.  Encompassing Lake Powell’s 1.2 million acres of orange sandstone canyons and backcountry 3 hours, 36 mins $7 per person for 7-day pass or $15 per vehicle
Capitol Reef National Park, Utah  South-central Utah’s 100-mile long, geologic wrinkle in the earth filled with natural bridges, canyons, and domes. 3 hours, 44 mins $3 per person for 7-day pass or $5 per vehicle
Death Valley National Park, Nev./Calif.  Hottest, driest and lowest national park in the nation 3 hours, 48 mins $10 per person for 7-day pass or $20 per vehicle.

Resources

Click here for a list of all participating fee-free day areas.

2014 Fee-free day schedule: 

  • Jan. 20: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Feb. 15-17: Presidents Day weekend
  • April 19-20: opening weekend of National Park Week
  • Aug. 25: National Park Service Birthday
  • Sept. 27: National Public Lands Day
  • Nov. 11: Veterans Day

Note: Many national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests and other federal lands don’t require a fee in the first place. The list above includes only those places – relatively close to or within Southern Utah – that typically charge a fee. Also, this fee-free day does not include state parks or state lands that typically charge an entrance fee.

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Stephen Darveaux snaps a photo on the Zion Overlook Trail, Zion National Park, Utah, June 13, 2013 | Photo by and courtesy of Allison Linder (Facebook.com/alinderphotography), St. George News
Stephen Darveaux snaps a photo on the Zion Overlook Trail, Zion National Park, Utah, June 13, 2013 | Photo by and courtesy of Allison Linder (Facebook.com/alinderphotography), St. George News

 

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