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.

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”
The Coconino and Tonto National Forests have implemented a closure of the Fossil Creek area (began June 6, 2014 at 8 a.m.) in order to protect public health and safety due to extreme fire conditions. The closure area includes Fossil Creek, Fossil Springs, Childs and the entire Fossil and Hackberry Mountain area, which borders sections of the Verde River and state Route 260. The closure order and a detailed map of the closure area are available online at http://tinyurl.com/mboajaz. The closure shall remain in effect until August 1, 2014 or until rescinded. The public can stay up to date on the status of Fossil Creek by calling the Fossil Creek Wild and Scenic Information Hotline at 928-226-4611.
The Slide Fire is located in Oak Creek Canyon just north of Slide Rock State Park and burning northward, up the canyon. Closures: Highway 89A from Sedona to Fort Tuthill in Flagstaff. Forest Road 535 off Highway 89A. Smoke is heavy through Oak Creek Canyon and creating very hazy conditions in Flagstaff. Smoke will likely continue to drift north and be noticeable along I-17 as motorists approach northern Arizona. Information will be updated on Inciweb as it becomes available: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/state/3/
The newly paved, shorter US-89 detour route in northern Arizona is now fully open with no restrictions after the Arizona Department of Transportation completed fencing along the corridor to help prevent livestock from crossing the roadway. The 44-mile-long US 89T route runs parallel to US 89 from The Gap to LeChee and is accessible from US 89, approximately 17 miles north of the US 160 junction (Tuba City exit). Previously a Navajo Nation roadway, US 89T will be maintained by ADOT while it is in use as a detour. Please see ADOT’s article on “US 89 Closed South of Page Due to Landslide” for more information and recent updates.