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Free National Park Week!

Aside from this glorious pre-summer weather we’re being blessed with in Southern California, all you Mother Nature lovers out there have just been given another reason to strip down and do your sun-worshipping dance! It’s National Park Week—which means you can get into any National Park across the U.S. completely FREE this week!

From Saturday April 16th – Sunday April 24th, all parks that normally charge will be waiving their entrance fees. Been wondering about that rare Death Valley superbloom? Go explore for yourself! Been yearning for the epic peaks of Yosemite? Get in the car and go before the summer crowds hit! Longing for the damp moss-covered forests of Muir Woods? Let your inner wood nymph go romp!

Big bonus to all you kiddos trekking back from Weekend 1 or out to Weekend 2 of Coachella—you can enjoy free entry into Joshua Tree National Park while you’re out there! Take a break from soaking in the sounds to soak in some beautiful desert stillness. LIFE BONUS: the Lyrid Meteor Shower is also happening this week with active meteors between April 16th-April 25th, peaking April 22nd & 23rd. Get outside the festival lights and camp out under the stars to take in nature’s light show in the sky!

Here’s a list of our nearby National Parks that normally charge a fee but will be FREE all week…


Cabrillo National Monument

Death Valley National Park

Joshua Tree National Park

Lassen Volcanic National Park

Lava Beds National Monument

Muir Woods National Monument

Pinnacles National Park

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

Whiskeytown National Recreation Area

Yosemite National Park


Casa Grande Ruins National Monument

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

Grand Canyon National Park

Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Montezuma Castle National Monument

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

Petrified Forest National Park

Pipe Spring National Monument

Saguaro National Park

Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument

Tonto National Monument

Tumacácori National Historical Park

Tuzigoot National Monument

Walnut Canyon National Monument

Wupatki National Monument


Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Colorado National Monument

Dinosaur National Monument

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Mesa Verde National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park


Death Valley National Park

Lake Mead National Recreation Area


Aztec Ruins National Monument

Bandelier National Monument

Capulin Volcano National Monument

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Chaco Culture National Historical Park

Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument

Pecos National Historical Park

White Sands National Monument

Valles Caldera National Preserve


Crater Lake National Park

Lewis & Clark National Historical Park


Arches National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park

Canyonlands National Park

Capitol Reef National Park

Cedar Breaks National Monument

Dinosaur National Monument

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

Golden Spike National Historic Site

Natural Bridges National Monument

Zion National Park


Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

Lewis & Clark National Historical Park

Mount Rainier National Park

Olympic National Park

The National Park Service is celebrating their 100th Anniversary this year, so keep an eye out for cool events all year. We’re so lucky to live so close to many of the world’s most beautiful landscapes. With National Parks just a few hours in every direction, there’s no excuse not to take advantage of this chance to explore the places you’ve always wanted to see. Grab your gang, grab a tent and GO!

Happy Adventuring!! ~love Sirens & Scoundrels

All information on National Park Week and participating parks can be found on the U.S. National Park Service website: FULL LIST of all U.S. free entrance parks across the country this week:

Words by Christina Huntington // Photography by Sarah Prikryl

Additional Photography by Michael Peters

© 2016 Sirens and Scoundrels

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