You say you wanna get out of town and enjoy the dog days of summer? But your wallet is saying, Uh-uh? Well, this weekend you’re in luck if you want to visit one of our National Parks. All your getaway needs is gas money, finding a place to throw your tent (or, okay, a reasonable motel room), and perhaps some local food to nosh on.
Why, you ask? Let’s hear it for Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and our National Park Service! They teamed up to offer FREE (yep, no dollars, zip, nada, nothing) entrance to our amazing national parks several weekends this year. Including this upcoming weekend. I say, cruise on over to one of these Utah national park treasures and enjoy a gorgeous weekend of FREE, all-natural entertainment. Sweating it up during a hike optional.
Bryce Canyon National Park. You’re in luck this weekend. With plenty of nighttime stars, I hope! Join one of Bryce Canyon’s highly-regarded “Dark Rangers” for an illuminating celestial experience beneath some of the nation’s darkest skies.
Canyonlands National Park. Whether you check out Islands in the Sky, Needles, or the Maze, you’ll probably be pretty thrilled you took time to visit this overwhelmingly beautiful–and delightfully uncrowded–place.
Zion National Park. Hike the Zion Narrows! Peer down (far, far down) from Angels Landing! Grab some eats in neighboring Springdale. And go green by hopping on the Zion shuttle to reach all your destinations within the Park.
Go on, get out on the trail. This weekend, it’s free.