It’s a nationwide birthday celebration, and you’re invited. The National Parks Service marks its 98th birthday with a free entrance day for visitors of its parks and recreational areas across the country. Our Grand Canyon State is home to three, including its namesake. The Petrified Forest National Park and Saguaro National Park round out the trio when it comes to officially designated parks. Lucky for Arizonans, however, our state is also full of a variety of national monuments, historic areas, and protected areas -- all of which fall under the umbrella of this annual birthday freebie.
Take advantage of the great outdoors during park hours on Monday, August 25. The statewide event is open to the public. Fee waiver includes entrance and transportation fees, but other fees such as camping reservations and third-party tour fees will still be collected. Visit www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm for a list of participating parks, hours of operation, and details.
Mon., Aug. 25, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., 2014