Parks are Free During National Park Week 2012

April 20, 2012, 7:50 am

A hiker enjoys the wilderness at Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Nevada. NPS photo.National Park Week 2012 begins this Saturday, April 21 and runs through April 29. During National Park Week, all 397 national parks in the country will have FREE admission! Parks will offer additional family friendly activities and events. Search the events calendar for National Park Week events near you.

During National Park Week, many park partners will also offer discounts, saving visitors money on food, lodging, tours and souvenirs. There are also deals to be had in gateway communities located near the parks.

National parks will mark the annual celebration with special events and activities including Volunteer Day on April 21, Earth Day on April 22 and Junior Ranger Day on April 28. From ranger-led hikes and kayak trips to camping and exploring, park visitors can plan their National Park Week at Discover information about events, special activities for visitors of all ages, how to share your park adventure with other travelers, and how to support the parks. Need some inspiration? Here are 10 great ways to enjoy National Park Week.

And more great news: this isn't the only time of the year when parks and public lands offer free admission! Check out our list of fee-free days at parks and public lands for the scoop on more great deals in 2012.

National parks might be closer to you than you think. Find a national park near you with the free Oh, Ranger! ParkFinder app or search our public lands database at

Image: A hiker enjoys the wilderness at Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Nevada. NPS photo.