YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK - The upcoming weekend would be a great time to visit Yosemite or other national parks because park admission fees are waived forthe Saturday through Monday weekend in honor of Veteran's Day, Monday, Nov. 11.

Yosemite gateway towns and businesses would like the tourist business too because of the recent Rim Fire closure and federal government shutdown.

All other fees associated with camping, lodging, or activities within the park are not waived, said Yosemite spokesperson Scott Gediman.

The Veteran's Day free fee weekend has been observed since 2006.

Gediman also reminded that the National Park Service also offers activeduty military members and their dependents an annual national park pass, an $80 value, at no charge. Permanently disabled veterans can receive a free lifetime pass to all parks. The passes cover 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.

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