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February 11, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Free entry to national parks, forests, refuges this weekend

A visitor looks out on the mountains of Olympic National Park from the park's Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center. (photo by Ken Lambert/The Seattle Times, 2013)

A visitor looks out on the mountains of Olympic National Park from the park’s Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center. (photo by Ken Lambert/The Seattle Times, 2013)

Celebrate this Presidents Day weekend, Saturday through Monday, Feb. 15-17, with a free visit to a national park, national forest or wildlife refuge.

All three days are included as fee-free days for 2014 for parks, museums, trails and other facilities operated by the National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service. In Washington, that includes Mount Rainier and Olympic national parks, which normally charge $15 per vehicle, plus Mount Baker-Snoqualmie, Okanogan-Wenatchee, Olympic and Gifford Pinchot national forests, among others, where trailheads and other recreation sites that normally require a Northwest Forest Pass will be free of charge.

The fee-free days also apply to sites operated by the U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service, such as Nisqually and 22 other national wildlife refuges in Washington, and the Bureau of Land Management.

This fee holiday does not apply to SnoPark sites, even though some are on national forest land, or to Washington State Parks.

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