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Get into Yosemite National Park for Free!

yosemite waterfallImage: Christopher Chan

It’s not often you get something for nothing, so take note: to celebrate National Public Lands Day this year, Yosemite National Park will be waiving all entry fees for the day!

National Public Lands Day will be held on Saturday 24 September 2011, so if you’ve been yearning to visit the area, that’s the day to go. Although, if everyone has the same idea you may finding yourself competing for the best photo spots with thousands of other thrifty visitors.

A few finds from Yosemite Facelift 2007:
yosemite clean up

The day celebrates the nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance America’s public lands. Volunteers, 170,000 of them in 2010, helped build trails and bridges, and removed rubbish and invasive plants across the states.

cleaning yosemiteImages: YCA

This year, it is hoped volunteers will be equally as willing to get involved with Yosemite’s own take on the day with the Yosemite Facelift – a massive clean-up of the National Park’s lands. Last year, Yosemite NP reported 1,000 volunteers helped clear over 172,307 pounds of rubbish from the park, including 140,000 pounds of old asphalt and concrete, and around 160 miles of roadway, 100 miles of trails and 20 miles of river corridor were also given the special spa treatment.

How Yosemite NP Should Be:
yosemite national parkImage: Steve D

If you’d like to get involved in the Yosemite Facelift, which will run from 20-25 September 2011, visit the Yosemite Climbing Association website for more details.

NB: Only entrance fees will be waived for the day. All other fees associated with camping, lodging or activities within the park will be charged as usual.

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