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National Park Service celebrates birthday by waving entrance fees

The view from Kolob Terrace in Zion National Park, a national park in Utah managed by the National Park Service.
National Park Service

Visitors to over 400 National Parks, monuments and historic areas managed by the National Park Service are welcome to join the celebration of the service’s 97th birthday on Aug. 25 by entering the areas fare-free.

The National Park Service was founded in 1916 as a bureau of the U.S. Department of the Interior in order to protect and maintain designated areas with natural or historical significance.

Utah’s national parks, including Zion, Arches, Canyonlands, Bryce Canyon, and Capitol Reef national parks are included in the celebration.

Although the entrance fee will be waved, other fees, such as camping fees, will still be enforced.

The parks and areas safeguarded by the National Park Service collectively service over 275 million visitors per year.

Taylor Halversen is a senior at Utah State University, majoring in Communication Studies and Liberal Arts. She's from Sandy, Utah and is interested in discovering new and random things to try and attempting to live life wholly and healthily. She loves music and climbing anything from trees to mountains.