Only 4 Free National Park Days in 2018

The National Park Service has announced that it’s waiving admission fees on just four days in 2018. This is a 60 percent cutback from 2017 when there were 10 free days. In 2016 there were 16, honoring the Park Service’s 100th anniversary. In the two preceding years there were nine free days.

These are the four dates for 2018 on which fees will be waived at all 417 National Park units:

  • January 15: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • April 21: First Day of National Park Week
  • September 22: National Public Lands Day
  • November 11: Veterans Day

According to spokeswoman Kathy Kupper, this is in order to address an $11 billion maintenance backlog.

Maintenance is needed for “projects like infrastructure or things that directly benefit the visitor – overlooks, campgrounds, roads, bridges – all the way down to the programs that are done for the visitors,” she said. (Perhaps it’s also needed to helppay for Secretary Zinke’s helicopters, horses and boats?)

Limiting the number of fee-free days goes along with the decision to raise the entrance fee at 17 popular National Parks to $70.

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The Trump administration has so far shown a strong disinterest in protecting parks.Trump flew to Salt Lake City in early December to announce his plan to shrink two National Monuments in Utah without even bothering to visit the monuments.

He reduced the size of Bears Ears National Monument, a gorgeous area which holds more than 100,000 Native American archeological and cultural sites sacred to many tribes, by about 85 percent and took away about half of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

The move is intended to open up these beautiful lands to oil and gas extraction, mining, logging and whatever other commercial activities he and Secretary Zinke can think up.

And although National Parks cannot be downsized by Trump, they too can be subject to exploitation.H.J. Res. 46, a bill proposed by Republican Congressman Paul Gosar, would eliminate all regulations related to mining and drilling for oil and gas in America’s National Parks.

By limiting free days and by increasing entrance fees, the Trump administration iseffectively discouragingpeople from visiting America’s National Parks. But with this bill, it is proposing to desecrate them. This is a tragedy and must be stopped.

If you agree, please sign the Care2 petition urging members of Congress to protect our National Parks from drilling for oil and gas by voting against H.J. Res. 46.

And be sure to note the fee-free dates for 2018 and take advantage of this opportunity while you can.

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53 comments

Marie W
Marie W3 months ago

thanks for sharing

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Cindy M. D
Cindy M. D9 months ago

Donald the Disaster strikes again...sigh... :(

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Chrissie R
Chrissie R9 months ago

Thank you for posting.

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Peggy B
Peggy B9 months ago

Noted

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Margaret Goodman
Margaret Goodman9 months ago

Trump supporter Deborah W wrote, " ... all species who inhabit these territories year-round, will get some peace and a chance to regenerate what's needed for survival. Maybe nature gets a breather. ... " I agree! Does Deborah, therefore, support restoring the national monuments to their former size and banning all logging and fossil fuel extraction on national parks and monuments?

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Elaine W
Elaine W9 months ago

Signed.

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Shirley S
Shirley S9 months ago

Noted & petition signed

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Joan E
Joan E9 months ago

Everything Trump and the Republicans do make things worse for regular people. That was the reason they gave our tax money to their billionaire puppeteers -- to keep their rich overlords happy and make things terrible for the rest of us.

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Berenice Guedes de Sá

Voted for him...

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Berenice Guedes de Sá

This is sad! Trump is always disapoint as president. I don't understand why the americans vote for him....

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