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Uncle Sam Names the National Park Access Free Days for 2012

October 25, 2011 at 9:21 AM | by | ()

The outdoor season might be winding down for 2011—it’s getting chilly—but that just means it’s time to start looking forward to 2012. Sure there’s plenty of stuff to do in the winter, but it won’t take many blizzards or snowpocalypses before we’re dreaming of spring at national parks across the country.

Even better than a visit to a slice of the country’s backyard is a free visit, and thankfully the National Park Service has already released its freebie days for next year. Start planning your trips now, as we’re sure the RVs and pop-up trailers will be swarming the entrance gates.

The first free days are from January 14-16, as they correspond with Martin Luther King Jr. Day. After that things get warmer and the days increase, as it’s free-for-all during the week of April 21—that’s National Park Week. Following that, there’s no charge on June 9, September 29, or November 10, 11, and 12—thanks Veterans!

The Bureau of Land Management, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the US Forest Service are also getting in on the fun, so be sure to check their offerings as well. Uncle Sam has already updated his sites for 2012, so if you’re already thinking about heading out check out the full list right over here—happy trails!

[Photo: Andrew Kalat]

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