Free National Park Weekend!

Double O Arch, Arches National Park, Utah

Hey everybody! In case you haven’t heard, admission to all National Parks is free this weekend! That also includes National Monuments (like Tent Rocks), National Seashores (Assateague Island), and National Historic Places (Chaco Canyon).

Admission fees to individual parks often run $20 and up and an America the Beautiful year-long pass is $80. I’ve bought a pass every year since college and I always get my money’s worth. This weekend I’ll be checking off one of my never before seen places: Great Sand Dunes National Park in southern Colorado! Stay tuned for a post!

I hope you all get out and see more of the World this weekend! Enjoy!

About theblondecoyote

Mary Caperton Morton is a freelance science and travel writer with degrees in biology and geology and a master’s in science writing. A regular contributor to EARTH magazine, where her favorite beat is the Travels in Geology column, she has also written for the anthologies Best Women's Travel Writing 2010 and Best Travel Writing 2011. Mary is currently based in western Colorado. When she’s not at the computer she can usually be found outside -- hiking, skiing, climbing mountains and taking photographs. Visit her website at
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14 Responses to Free National Park Weekend!

  1. Maribeth says:

    Hubby and I will be headed there the second weekend in May, a first for us too. Enjoy.

  2. Pat Bean says:

    I love that you got your feet into the photo, or someone’s feet. I’m going to see if I can get a photo from the same angle when I visit later this year. Enjoy the sand dunes. I visited last year and the snow-covered mountains in the background provided a great photo contrast to the red dunes.

  3. I need to go there – beautiful!

  4. Oldfaz says:

    Love Your Pics & Comments… You List a Catagory of “New Mexico.” I Know You Travel Arizona, but See No Catagory of Arizona Pics & Visit Comments… Would Love Such a Collection to View…

    Never Heard of “Tent Rocks” Before, but Hope to Visit Soon… Thank You for Exposure.

    Ed Fazio

  5. mjspringett says:

    i love relaxing on the trail with you, happy feet have a heathy mind, thanks. MJ

  6. My husband has always wanted to go west and see these places and your photo blog has him all worked up about it again! He is glad I am following your blog because he will be poring over your pictures and checking back regularly, I know.

  7. Just a beautiful place. Wish I could be there. Alas, I missed the free parks weekend as I was hiking on the Appalachian Trail. Still fun though!

  8. Carrie says:

    Love this post! Wish I was near. Have fun.

  9. Primal Outdoors says:

    You will absolutely love the Great Sand Dunes. One of my favorite places ever.

  10. yvyanty says:

    That’s what I call a nice week-end ! Thanks for sharing,

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