100 Years of the National Park Service

madison river, wy - Yellowstone National Park, Fay Augustyn


Did you know 2016 is the 100th Anniversary of the National Parks Service? Created 1916, the National Park Service began it’s journey to protect amazing landscapes across the U.S. and promote outdoor recreation for families and kids. Parks like our first national park, Yellowstone National Park – which is one of the most iconic landscapes in America, spans over 3,000 square miles in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, is visited by millions of people each year.

While not every park and trail managed by the National Park Service sees the same volume of visitors, each and every place has people that are connected through amazing memories and experiences they have had.

Since it’s inception, the National Park Service has grown and now manages many diverse places across all landscapes of our nation. Managing 400 national parks, National Heritage Areas, along historic trails and waterways, the National Park Service has created memories for everyone that visits these special places.

To celebrate the amazing work and history of the National Park Service, on 16 days in ’16, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone. What a way to celebrate the outdoors and create new adventures!

Mark your calendar for these entrance fee–free dates in 2016:

  • January 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • April 16 through 24: National Park Week
  • August 25 through 28: National Park Service Birthday
  • September 24: National Public Lands Day
  • November 11: Veterans Day

Do you have a favorite National Park? Plan your trip this year and we will see you outside!


Photo Credit: Fay Augustyn, Madison River – Yellowstone National Park, WY

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