Every year there are a handful of free days at the national parks. The entrance fees are waived to help encourage people to visit. Which is a pretty good reason to stop by, in our opinion. So if you’re wondering when the next national park free day is, well, you’re in luck. It’s just a couple weeks away – on September 30th. (The full list of fee free days for 2017 can be found here.)
September 30th is National Public Lands Day. Basically it’s a day to celebrate the national parks and monuments of the United States. You should definitely take advantage of the day. And it just so happens that we at the Lodge at Red River Ranch know how to get the most out of National Public Lands Day. Go to Zion National Park.
Zion is the perfect place to visit in September. The weather is plenty warm, but the sweltering heat of summer is over. The summer crowds have gone as well. But the shuttle bus is still running, which is the best way to see Zion Canyon. Plus, if you go on the 30th, you’ll get in for free. (Which, after all, is the whole point of this blog post.)
So what do you do in Zion this National Public Lands Day? Some of favorites things to do are hike to Upper Emerald Pools, drive through the Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel, hang out in the little galleries and shops, and just enjoy the fantastic ride up Zion Canyon.
So go check out Zion this September 30th. It’s pretty awesome. And it’s free.