Free National Park Day Saturday!

Boys bouldering at Hawk’s Nest Dam, New River Gorge, WV

Hey everybody! In case you haven’t heard, in celebration of National Public Lands Day, admission to all National Parks is free this Saturday! The day is intended as a volunteer day so do your part by picking up trash or joining a trail crew at a National Park, National Monument (like Tent Rocks), National Seashore (Assateague Island), or National Historic Place (Chaco Canyon).

Admission fees to individual parks usually run $15 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 visiting the New River Gorge National Scenic River in southern West Virginia, a place I know well and love.

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

For more information on volunteering, visit

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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3 Responses to Free National Park Day Saturday!

  1. amberlife says:

    Absolutely loved the photo slideshow! Looks a bit warmer than here!

  2. Gunta says:

    Or there’s the $10 Senior Lifetime pass…. there’s some benefits to advancing age! 😉

  3. Jessie says:

    Merely a smiling visitor here to share the love (:, btw outstanding pattern .

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