Vet­er­ans Day free­bies at zoo, parks and forests

The Arizona Republic - - Explore Az - Wel­don B. John­son

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

Mari­copa County

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.

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