Visit National Parks for free for a whole week!

South Rim Grand Canyon Trail Ride

flickr, Grand Canyon NPS (Michael Quinn)

Have you been looking for a good excuse to get out into wilderness? How about visiting one of America's finest for free?

This year, National Parks Week is April 20th through 28th. As part of that, you can visit any National park for free from Monday, April 22 through Friday, April 26.

Just keep in mind that some national parks may be opening late in the season because of unreasonable budget cuts being imposed by sequestration - an issue we're working to improve

Here's what's planned for this year's occasion:

The week starts off with National Junior Ranger Day on Saturday, April 20, encouraging young visitors to become lifelong stewards through the Parks' Junior Rangers program.

Free admission will be offered on the weekdays - Monday, April 22 through Friday, April 26 -  to all of America's 401 national parks. There's at least one in every state, so there's no better time for you to explore one in your area.

The week will conclude with Volunteer Day on Saturday, April 27, so consider giving back to the park you love by participating in a service project.

You can search for other events throughout the week in the National Parks Service's Events Calendar.

Check out this map to find a National Park near you or visit the National Park Service's website:

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