Yosemite National Park will offer free admission to the public in honor of Veterans Day this coming weekend in honor of past and present members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families.
The Yosemite Area Regional Transit System (YARTS) will likewise be honoring veterans and their families by offering free rides to Yosemite Valley this weekend.
Fees being waived for Veterans Day only include the fees associated with entry into the park and rides on the YARTS. All other fees associated with camping, lodging, or activities within the park still apply.
Veterans Day falls on November 11th of every year. The holiday was created in remembrance of the signing of the armistice between Germany and the Allied nations at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. In 1954, the U.S. Congress approved November 11 as the day to honor all U.S. veterans for their service to and sacrifices made for the United States.
The National Park Service has honored Veterans Day as a fee free day since 2006. The National Park Service also provides active duty military members and their dependents with a free annual national park pass (an $80 value).Permanently disabled veterans can receive a free lifetime Access Pass to all parks.
These passes provide entrance to all national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests, and other federal lands. Passes can be obtained at any national park that charges an entrance fee, including Yosemite.
To plan your trip, visit www.nps.gov/yose . For YARTS schedules and information, visit http://yarts.com/news/free-yarts-yosemite-november-11-12th/