DOI announces "Fee Free" days for 2012

The Department of the Interior has announced 17 free national park days in 2012.
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Last Monday, US Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced 17 "Fee Free" days for all National Parks in 2012.

On "Fee Free Days", the National Park Service will waive all entrance fees into all the US National Parks for the following holidays: MLK Jr. weekend (January 14 through 16), National Park Week (April 21 through 29), Get Outdoors Day (June 9), National Public Lands Day (September 29), and Veterans Day weekend (November 10 through 12).

Along with the National Park Service the US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and the US Fish and Wildlife Service will also waive all entrance fees on January 14 through 16, June 9, September 29, and November 10 through 12. In addition, the US Fish and Wildlife Service will waive fees on October 14 in honor of National Wildlife Refuge Week. And the Bureau of Reclamation will waive amenity fees starting September 29 and November 12.

Many of the park affiliated businesses such as hotels, restaurants, gift-shops, and other services will offer special deals on the fee free days.

In the 392 US national Parks, fees normally range from $3 to $25 for up to one week at a time. The National Park Service will also be celebrating the 40th anniversary of Earth Day on April 24 with additional events and specials occurring through many of the parks.

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