Free entry to all 405 National Parks over Presidents’ Day Weekend Feb. 14-16, 2015

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BandelierNM_dwellings_JulianneGCraneThis Presidents’ Day weekend (Feb. 14-16) — “The National Park Service invites you to discover American history in all its diversity, from the homes of poets and Presidents to ancient archeological places (such as New Mexico’s Bandelier National Monument pictured) to the sobering stories of Civil War soldiers and civilians to the legacy of a courageous woman who refused to give up her seat on a bus. Our history is part of who we were, who we are, and who we will be,” according to the NPS web site.

Bandelier National Monument protects over 33,000 acres of rugged but beautiful canyon and mesa country as well as evidence of a human presence here going back over 11,000 years. Petroglyphs, dwellings carved into the soft rock cliffs, and standing masonry walls pay tribute to the early days of a culture that still survives in the surrounding communities.” Current visitor center hours are 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The park is open daily dawn to dusk. Click here for information on visiting the park during winter and spring.

According to the national parks website: Only 117 of our country’s more than 400 national parks usually charge an entrance fee. So start planning your visit.

Mark down the other five National Park Service’s Fee Free days remaining in 2015:  April 18-19 (opening weekend of National Park Week), Aug. 25 (the National Park Service’s 99th birthday), Sept. 26 (National Public Lands Day), and Nov. 11 (Veterans Day).

RVers might be interested in all the massive amount of information packed into the Travelers resources section.

*Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.

Julianne G. Crane

Photo (click on photo to enlarge):  RVer Jimmy Smith explores a series of dwellings carved into the rock cliffs of Bandelier National Monument.  (Julianne G. Crane)

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