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February 11, 2015 at 11:29 AM

Free entrance to national parks this weekend. But where’s winter?

The ground is bare up at the 5,242-foot-elevation Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park in this webcam view from the visitor center Wednesday. Normally it would be deep in snow. Got the urge to get outside this weekend — and save money? It’s a free-admission weekend at all 405 U.S. national parks Feb. 14-16 in honor…

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October 7, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Go wild and free in national parks and beyond: A list of fee-free days

Get into Washington’s national parks — Rainier (top left), Olympic (right) and North Cascades (bottom left) for free on 11 days in 2015. (Seattle Times photos) Go wild and free at national parks, national forests and other federally-managed public lands with 11 fee-free days in 2015. There will be no entrance fee charged on the following days,…

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April 17, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Free days at Mount Rainier, but still winter in Paradise

America’s national parks will be fee-free on April 19 and April 20, including Mount Rainier National Park. (Washington state parks are fee-free on April 19 and on April 22 to celebrate Earth Day) But don’t go rushing up to Paradise, the visitor area at  5,400 feet on Mount Rainier, expecting to take a hike or…

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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) 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…

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