National Park Service celebrates 99 years with fee-free day Tuesday

ST. GEORGE – The National Park Service is turning 99 years old Tuesday. In honor of the NPS’ almost near-century long existence, the public is getting a present in the form of free admission Tuesday to all 408 National Park Service sites across the nation.

“The National Park Service’s 99th birthday is an opportunity to reflect on and celebrate the role of national parks in the American story,” Jonathan B. Jarvis, National Park Service director, said in a press from the National Parks Foundation. “And it’s also a time to look ahead to our centennial year, and the next 100 years. These national treasures belong to all of us, and we want everyone – especially the next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates – to discover and connect with their national parks.”

Following Tuesday, the remaining fee-free days for 2015 include:

  • Sept. 26, National Public Lands Day
  • Nov. 11, Veterans Day

The entrance fee waiver does not cover amenity or user fees for activities such as camping, boat launches, transportation, or special tours.

Utah sports five national parks known as the Mighty Five: Arches, Bryce Canyon, Capital Reef, Canyonlands and Zion national parks.

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