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National Parks to offer free entry to vets on Veterans Day weekend

By Terry Gardner

10:00 AM EDT, October 31, 2013

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National Parks will be celebrating Veterans Day with free admission Nov. 9-11 for veterans.

Free admission to the parks includes free entrance, of course, plus free parking. (Ranger programs are free to everyone, as always.)

Guests will need to pay for camping reservations, tours, food concessions and other commercial activities. 

Here’s a peek at two popular California parks. 

At Death Valley National Park, November daytime temperatures usually are in the 70s and 80s, making this is one of the coolest times of the year to visit the park, which is about 300 miles from Los Angeles. 

For a list of free ranger programs, stop by the Furnace Creek Visitor Center. Note that fees are not waived for camping and various Scotty’s Castle Tours, including the house tour, underground tour and Lower Vine Ranch Hike. Info: Death Valley National Park, (760) 786-3200.

Yosemite National Park, also about 300 miles from the Los Angeles area, is a bit cooler: Temperatures in November typically range from the 30s to the upper 50s.  Yosemite celebrates veterans by offering free skiing all season at Badger Pass, which opens Dec. 13. Immediate family members receive discounts. Info: Yosemite National Park, (209) 372-0200.

To see California National Parks, click this link.