Free entry this weekend in national parks

By brett prettyman

The Salt Lake Tribune

Published: April 18, 2014 07:41PM
Updated: April 18, 2014 07:05PM
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Francisco Kjolseth | Tribune fil photo Bryce Canyon National Park captured on a film exposure of 6 hours. A National Park Service report shows Utah’s efforts to open nine units during the federal government shutdown paid off with visitors spending $10 for every $1 the state spent for the opening.

National parks in Utah and across the country are offering free entry Saturday and Sunday to help kick off National Park Week. Entry to the parks is free, but fees will still be collected for other services like camping.

The theme for the week, offered in conjunction with the National Park Foundation, is “Go Wild!” The foundation offers a list of nine suggestions for enjoying the parks during the week and throughout the year.

The celebration includes the new film “Bears” from DisneyNature, the nature documentary arm of The Walt Disney Studios. The movie opened Friday, and for every ticket sold through April 24, DisneyNature will make a contribution to the National Park Foundation.

April 26 is National Junior Ranger Day. Many parks will have family-friendly events.

Brett Prettyman

Twitter: @BrettPrettyman

See a video promoting National Park Week http://youtu.be/Js0FmD8RqJA