Picture this: Rugged mountains, roaming wildlife, vast canyons, and maybe a geyser or two. Plus, as an added bonus: No entry fee! National Park Week 2012 is upon us, April 21 through 29, so get out and enjoy 84 million acres of beautiful terrain for free.
“National Park Week is the perfect time to experience all that our national parks have to offer,” Neil Mulholland, president and CEO of the National Park Foundation, said in a statement.
Special events will run in parks across the country in honor of the event. Near the Tetons? Check out a living history demonstration about mountain men. Hanging out by Yosemite? Go for an Earth Day bike ride or an Ansel Adams photography walk. Maybe you’re an upper East Coaster? Acadia will host a Geological Wonder Walk. Plus, April 28 is National Junior Ranger Day, where kids five to 12 years old are invited to explore, learn and protect the parks they visit.
“America’s national parks have something for everyone,” National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis said in a news release. “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.”
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Fun Park Stats
Hiking Trails: 18,600 miles
Shoreline: 43,000 miles
Underground passages: 900 miles
National Park Campsites: 12,000
This article was reported by Courtney Holden