Ready For A Nature Break? National Parks To Waive Entrance Fees Saturday
If you’re not at Coachella this weekend and still need plans, you’re in luck: the best time to explore the outdoors is tomorrow, Saturday April 16.
That’s because the National Parks Service is kicking off National Parks Week by waiving entrance fees at national parks for just one day, Saturday, making it a free chance to see the natural sights up close.
The final countdown....#NationalParkWeek kicks off Saturday with a fee-free day to all national parks! With over 400 parks, your nearest national park may be closer to home than you think! Do you have plans to visit a park?— National Park Service (@NatlParkService) April 15, 2022
The agency teams up with the National Park Foundation yearly to encourage everyone to enjoy parks across the United States. This year there are nine days of events and digital experiences under the “sPark Connections” theme.
Each day has a different focus, such as health of the environment and preservation. Saturday starts it off with “sPark Discovery” to prompt visitors to find someplace new.
Los Angeles’ closest national parks include Joshua Tree and the Channel Islands, which are around two to five hours away. The largest of the islands is Santa Cruz, which has 15 hiking trails for various ability levels and a spartan campground.
Don’t forget only the entrance fees are waived — not parking fees — so save yourself some time and secure a parking pass before making the drive.
National Parks Week continues through next Sunday, April 24.