Free Entry Days to National Parks & Public Lands in 2014

Experience the beauty of America's national parks and public lands this year for free! On the days specified below, entrance fees will be waived for the following national parks and public lands.

Cut your own Christmas Tree on National Forest

One of the best kept secrets of the holiday season is that it’s possible to cut your very own Christmas tree at many national forests across the country. It’s a true pick-your-own scenario: head into the forest, select your favorite tree (while following a few guidelines set out by the US Forest Service), chop it down and bring it home for decorating!

Great Images from the #MyNightSky Contest

Our #MyNightSky photo contest has just wrapped up, and we’re excited to share some highlights with you! We got lots of great photo submissions on Facebook and Instagram—with photo subjects ranging from beautiful sunsets to starry night skies to campfires and even fireworks.

Here’s a slideshow of a sampling of the images. Thanks to everyone who entered the contest!


Erika's Favorite Park: Valley of Fire State Park

Nevada is known for having some of the most unique and beautiful desert landscapes in the country!

Erika's Favorite Park: Taughannock Falls State Park

Even as a native New Yorker, I am constantly discovering just how beautiful this state truly is! Today, I found an incredible park only a few hours drive from my home in the big city; Taughannock Falls State Park!

Take a Walk on the Wild Side This Thanksgiving

Just for a brief spell, flee the turkeys at your Thanksgiving table and seek some wilder birds this year. Explore a foot trail at a national wildlife refuge, thrill to some seasonal wildlife, and emerge looking less like a butterball yourself.

Erika's Favorite Park: Tallulah Gorge State Park

Today, my photo research took me down south to the peach state! There I discovered a ton of amazing state parks and hidden gems. My overall favorite park had to be Tallulah Gorge State Park!

My Night Sky – Joshua Tree After Dark!

Join us on November 23 at Joshua Tree National Park for a free event that will showcase brilliance of the night sky!

Joshua Tree National Park, in partnership with Celestron Telescopes, NASA, American Park Network and the Joshua Tree National Park Association, will host a free “My Night Sky” stargazing event on Saturday, November 23 at 6:30pm.

Erika's Favorite Park: Saguaro National Park

On this cold Monday afternoon in the big city I'm daydreaming about our beautiful, sunshine soaked parks out west. Today, my favorite is Saguaro National Park in Arizona!

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