Calling all outdoor enthusiasts! As part of National Park Week, San Diegans can visit Joshua Tree National Park for free this weekend.
Entrance fees at all national parks will be waived on April 16 as part of National Park Week taking place from April 16 through April 24.
National Park Week will host a variety of special programs, events and digital experiences.
- April 16:
Park Discovery: National Park week kicks off with a fee-free day to encourage everyone to visit their local national park.
- April 17:
Park Creativity: The park service encourages everyone to find their artistic expression to create a masterpiece. You can show yours using the hashtag: #sParkCreativity
- April 18:
Park Collaboration: For this day, the park service is encouraging those to reach out to park rangers and others to get involved or participate in opportunities at the parks.
- April 19:
Park Innovation: The park service is asking the public how they can surprise you with innovation? You can participate by using the hashtag: #sParkInnovation
- April 20:
Park Opportunities: On Wednesday, visitors can learn about the work and employment opportunities available at the National Park Service.
- April 21:
Park Preservation: The park service is asking the public how they can get involved in preservation. You can participate by using the hashtag: #sParkPreservation
- April 22:
Park Action: The park service is asking the public how their actions can contribute to a healthy world on Earth Day. You can participate by using the hashtag: #sParkAction
- April 23:
Park Curiosity: The park service is asking visitors what they are curious about and what fascinating things can they discover? You can participate by using the hashtag: #sParkCuriosity
- April 24:
Park Memories: The park service is asking visitors what memories and traditions can they create at the parks? You can participate by using the hashtag: #sParkMemories
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Other days of the year when national parks have free entrance days are:
- January 17: Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
- April 16: First day of National Park Week
- August 4: Anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act
- September 24: National Public Lands Day
- November 11: Veterans Day
As a reminder, San Diegans can now check out a free day pass for California State Parks at your local library.
The California State Parks distributed the California State Library Parks Pass which is available for checkout at local libraries and will allow free vehicle day-use entry at participating state parks.
As part of a three-year pilot program, each library branch will receive at least three California State Parks Pass hangtags, on a rolling basis, that will be available for use any day of the week, including holidays.