The National Park Service Cut Free Admission Days

Many Glacier, Glacier National Park

If you’re planning a National Park trip in 2018 and want to do it on a budget, you might have fewer opportunities than you had in 2017.

The National Park Service on Tuesday announced that all national parks will offer free admission on only four days in 2018.

Mark your calendar for these entrance fee–free dates in 2018:

  • January 15: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • April 21: First day of National Park Week
  • September 22: National Public Lands Day
  • November 11: Veterans Day

Source: National Park Service: Free Entrance Days in the National Parks for 2018.

Main Sperry Chalet Building Lost Due to Sprague Fire

High winds pushed the Sprague fire into Glacier National Park’s historic Sperry Chalet Thursday August 31, 2017, burning it down, according to InciWeb.

“A highly skilled group of firefighters were staged at the Sperry Chalet over the last week. … The firefighters, supported by three helicopters, made a valiant stand to save the structure but were unsuccessful in saving the main Sperry Chalet,” the national wildfire information service posted shortly after 7 p.m.

Source: National Park Service – “Main Sperry Chalet Building Lost Due to Sprague Fire”

The National Park Service just turned 100 years old!

Many Glacier, Glacier National Park

Celebrate the start of our second century by visiting a national park in 2017. During ten days of the year, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone.

Mark your calendar for these entrance fee–free dates in 2017:

  • January 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • February 10: President’s Day
  • April 15-16 and 22-23: Weekends of National Park Week
  • August 25: National Park Service Birthday
  • September 30: National Public Lands Day
  • November 11-12: Veterans Day

Source: National Park Service: Free Entrance Days in the National Parks for 2017.

Devils Garden Campground. Courtesy: NPS/Chris Wonderly

Devils Garden Campground in Arches National Park will be closed March 1 through October 31, 2017, due to a major construction project.

Extensive road construction will occur in 2017 and will limit access to some areas. The park will remain open during construction, with possible driving delays, and parking and trail closures. Some trails will be closed for two weeks at a time during the project.

There are many other campgrounds in the Moab area. Download the Moab Campground Information Map (a PDF file) for the location of all the public campgrounds near Moab.

Moab has many privately-owned campgrounds. All of them have restrooms, drinking water, and showers. Most have picnic tables, dump stations, and laundry facilities. For a list of private campgrounds in the Moab area, visit http://discovermoab.com.

For more current information regarding the construction project at Arches National Park, please visit https://www.nps.gov/arch/planyourvisit/construction.htm.

The National Park Service turns 100 years old in 2016!

Mark your calendar for these free entrance days in the National Parks for 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

Source: National Park Service: Free Entrance Days in the National Parks for 2016.

WEST GLACIER, MONT. – Firefighters and fire-fighting resources continue to respond to the Reynolds Creek Wildland Fire on the east side of Glacier National Park. At this time, the fire is estimated to be approximately 2,000 acres. The fire management priorities are safety of public and fire-fighting personnel, protection of property and values at risk, and containment of the fire. The Going-to-the-Sun Road is closed between the St. Mary entrance on the east side and Big Bend on the west side. The road closure is in response to the fire, firefighter and visitor safety, fire response activities, and park personnel priorities. The duration of the road closure is unknown. The St. Mary Campground is being evacuated. The campground has approximately 148 sites. The Rising Sun Motor Inn, operated by Glacier National Park Lodges, and the Rising Sun Campground were evacuated Tuesday evening. The St. Mary Visitor Center is closed to the public at 12 p.m., Wednesday, July 22. It will be used as a fire staging area. The duration of the closure is unknown at this time. Current Reynolds Creek Fire Info: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4405/ Source: http://www.nps.gov/glac/learn/news/newsreleases.htm
RIVERSIDE – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is pleased to announce that Interstate 10 at Tex Wash Bridge will open to traffic on Friday, July 24, 2015 at noon. Crews will strengthen the westbound side of the bridge in order to allow two-way traffic—one lane in each direction. Once I-10 is opened, minor work will be performed on the westbound side and work will commence on the eastbound side of the structure to get it operational. The existing detours will remain in effect until the opening of I-10. Follow Caltrans District 8 on Twitter at or go to their website at www.caltrans8.info. View traffic conditions at http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov.

Two years after a landslide ripped apart a 500-foot section of US-89 and split the communities of Bitter Springs and Page, the Arizona Department of Transportation anticipates reopening the highway to traffic on the afternoon of Friday, March 27, barring any potential weather delays or mechanical breakdowns during the paving process, which began today.

Please see ADOT’s article on “US-89 scheduled to reopen this month following 2013 landslide, weather permitting” for more information.

To protect tourists and others during severe flooding, officials will close all public recreation areas on national forest lands in Oak Creek Canyon north of Sedona starting July 7 for the duration of the monsoon.
  • A.B. Young Trail #100
  • Banjo Bill Picnic Site
  • Bootlegger Picnic Area
  • Call of the Canyon Day-Use Area
  • Cave Springs Campground
  • Halfway Picnic Site
  • Pine Flat Campground
  • West Fork Trail #108

More Info on Oak Creek Canyon Closures

Coconino National Forest
AZ Daily Sun – “Oak Creek Canyon closures start July 7”
AZCentral – “Oak Creek Canyon campgrounds to close July 7”