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Thursday, September 22, 2011

No Entrance Fee At National Parks This Saturday

There will be no entrance fee at Utah national parks on Saturday, and other national parks throughout the country, in celebration on National Public Lands Day.

Entrance fees are waived on several weekends during the year to encourage the public to visit our parks. The next free day at the national parks is Veterans Day weekend, Nov. 11-13.

There will be many special activities at parks and other public lands this weekend. Zion National Park provided the information below.

Zion Celebrates National Public Lands Day

On Saturday, September 24, Zion National Park will join sites throughout the United States to celebrate National Public Lands Day. Efforts associated with this annual event contribute to the beauty and restoration of parks and other open spaces where the public hike, bike, climb, and explore.

In celebration of this event, Zion National Park will offer free entrance to the park. Park visitors are reminded that the fee waiver is only valid on Saturday, September 24. Visitors who plan on being in the park beyond this date must pay the regular entrance fee for the remainder of their stay. The fee waiver applies to entrance fees only and does not affect fees for camping, tunnel traffic control, or backcountry permits.

The public is also invited to join in a volunteer service project at the Zion Canyon Visitor Center complex. This project will include spreading mulch and pruning shrubbery throughout the visitor center area. Volunteers are asked to gather at the Zion Canyon Visitor Center at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 24. The project will last until 1:00 p.m. Participants should wear clothing that is appropriate for working outside, including a hat and sturdy shoes or boots. No registration is required. Please contact Zion National Park's volunteer coordinator at 435-772-0184 for more information.

National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance public lands. Originally established in 1994, it has become an annual event that allows volunteers to be directly involved in the stewardship of public lands. More than 180,000 volunteers are expected to take part in National Public Lands Day at more than 2,000 sites across the country. For more information, please visit www.publiclandsday.org.

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