You can get into Yosemite free this Veterans Day weekend

You can get into Yosemite free this Veterans Day weekend

The National Park Service (NPS) says it hiked the cost to generate additional revenue which will be used "to enhance the visitor experience in parks". Sunday is expected to be mostly sunny as well with a high near 55, according to the National Weather Service.

Other fees such as reservations, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise, according to the National Park Service.

Today, more than 28% of National Park Service employees, nationwide, are veterans. "Working at national memorials that are dedicated to those who have fought and died for our freedom means everything to me", said Park Ranger James Pierce, a combat-wounded veteran who now works at the National Mall and Memorial Parks. Those include 134 of the state's most popular parks which charge vehicle entry fees and accept the "California Explorer" annual vehicle pass, along with eight state vehicular recreation areas, like Hollister Hills in San Benito County, and the State Railroad Museum in Sacramento.

During World War II, Yosemite, Sequoia, Grand Canyon, Denali, Hot Springs and Carlsbad Caverns national parks hosted rest and rehabilitation camps for service members. "We welcome veterans to the fantastic natural and cultural resources of our state's parks".

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In addition to special programs in parks across the country, all national parks will provide free admission to everyone November 11 and 12.

Congress made it an official federal holiday in 1938.

Active duty military members get free admission year-round. Permanently disabled veterans also can receive a free lifetime Access Pass to all national parks, forests and wildlife refuges.

Discounted or free passes are also available for volunteers.