Don’t forget about Free National Park days coming soon!

One great advantage of living in the Central Valley is our proximity to national parks, with several (Yosemite, Pinnacles, Sequoia & Kings Canyon) being only about 70 miles away in Fresno. However, they can be a little pricey for a mere onetime visit ($35), which can be discouraging to those who rarely or have never seen our national parks. Thankfully, on certain days, there are no fees. Once you get the lay of the land, maybe you in good faith purchase an annual pass ($85) to get as much nature as possible. The dates are provided below and on the Events page.

Aug25

Free Entrance Day for CA National Parks & Forests

When:
Where:Any national park site

August 25 is the National Park Service’s 105th birthday

Sep25

Free Entrance Day for CA National Parks & Forests

When:
Where:Any national park site

September 25 is National Public Lands Day

Nov11

Free Entrance Day for CA National Parks & Forests

When:
Where:Any national park site

November is Veterans Day. Thank you for your service.

Featured image by Rakshith Hatwar on Unsplash.

Yosemite lifts reservation system to guests (via The Business Journal)

As Covid infection rates stabilize, the National Park Service is ready to ease restraints on the largest tourist destination in Central California.

According to Brooke Smith, public relations director for Visit Yosemite/Madera County, the NPS will end the reservation system at the end of February. It couldn’t come at a better time, as Smith says that thousands of families — especially in California — are planning and booking in order to visit the natural beauties within their own state.

“People are wanting to take road trips and people are looking to these hidden treasures in their backyards,” Smith said. “When Californians are traveling within 120 miles of their home, it usually means that it’s Yosemite and the Sierra Nevadas and the Madera Wine Trail and these wonderful small towns and museums outside of the park.”