This month, there’s two opportunities to plan a free trip to a national park – and one’s coming up Wednesday.
In San Diego, that could mean a jaunt to the scenic Cabrillo National Monument in Point Loma, but other sites, such as Joshua Tree National Park, are just a day trip away.
Later this month, on Aug. 25, the service celebrates its anniversary by offering another free day.
After that, there will be be two more free days this year – Sept. 25, to mark National Public Lands Day, and Nov. 11 for Veterans Day.
There are more than 400 NPS sites nationwide, with at least one in every state. Approximately 100 charge entrance fees, from $5 to $35. The remainder do not have entrance fees.
The NPS also offers a search tool of parks by state and special activities.
Veterans and Gold Star Families do not have to pay fees, after a 2020 order by the Secretary of the Interior.
There also is an annual $80 America the Beautiful pass, which allows unlimited entrance to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas. That includes national parks.