April 17 to 25 is National Park Week, with free admission to all 392 national parks in the United States and special events planned at many of them.
The low admission fees for our national parks are already a tremendous bargain. For example, the cost of admission to Yellowstone is $25, not per person but for all the passengers in a car and not for one day but for seven. Many other parks charge less. An annual pass to all the nation’s parks is just $80 and for people over 62 years old, it’s $10. Remarkable.
Yet even prices that low can be a barrier for our poorest citizens. And won’t it be nice, for a week, to think that as a nation we could support a robust national park system for all Americans to enjoy, as a benefit that we are happy to support with our tax dollars?
Some national park concessionaires are offering special deals at hotels and restaurants within the parks to coincide with National Park Week.