Veterans Day freebies at zoo, parks and forests
Commemorate Veterans Day by heading outdoors to enjoy nature and save a little money in the process.
Veterans Day is Sunday, Nov. 11, and national parks will waive admission fees on that date. This is the last of the national parks’ free admission days for 2018.
You could save $35 if you’re headed to Grand Canyon, $20 if you plan to visit Sunset Crater and Wupatki national monuments in Flagstaff or $15 at Saguaro National Park in Tucson.
Free admission at national forests, too
National forests that charge day-use fees also are waiving them.
On Nov. 10-11, Tonto National Forest is waiving its Tonto Pass requirement at recreation sites along the Salt and Verde rivers and at Apache, Bartlett, Canyon, Roosevelt and Saguaro lakes.
In Sedona, the Red Rock Ranger District of Coconino National Forest is waiving fees at several locations Nov. 10-12.
Visitors can get free admission to the
Palatki, Honanki and V Bar V heritage sites, and the Red Rock Pass requirement is waived at multiple trailheads. That’s a savings of $5. Fees still apply at campgrounds and recreation sites managed by concessionaires (such as Grasshopper Point, Crescent Moon Ranch and West Fork).
Prescott National Forest will waive the $5 fee at all its day-use locations on Nov. 10 and 11. Fees will be waived at the Lynx Lake, Granite Basin and Thumb Butte recreation areas. Fees are also being waived at the Alto Pit and Hayfield Draw off-highway vehicle recreation areas.
The waiver doesn’t apply to campgrounds, group-use fees or fees charged by concessionaires. Other outdoors deals for veterans
Parks are waiving the $7per-vehicle admission fee for veterans and activeduty military members on Nov. 11.
❚ Phoenix Zoo is offering free admission to all veterans, active military members and their immediate families on Monday, Nov. 12. Valid military ID is required.
❚ • Bearizona Wildlife Park in Williams will waive admission fees for
veterans and active-duty military on Nov. 11. That’s a savings of $20-$22 off an adult admission.
❚ Arizona State Parks is offering free entrance to veterans and active duty military members at most state parks on Veterans Day. Show your military identification to gain free entry. The deal is only good for admission fees. It does not include tours such as those offered at Kartchner Caverns or Riordan Mansion. Boyce Thompson Arboretum is not participating.