National Park Complimentary Entrance


Bonus Sherpa: On the House

They're officially known as America's Best Idea, and they're even better when getting into them is free! Here are a few of California's National Parks offering complimentary entrance for Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Monday, January 21). Eureka!

Joshua Tree

Joshua’s a Hit: Still haven’t found what you’re looking for? Joshua Tree is an ancient land of solitude and extremes: Deserts dotted with whimsically wild trees, rock formations rising to soaring views, vibrant sunsets, and starry nights...

Pinnacle Moment: It was formerly a national monument; then, just last week, it officially became a national park! Pinnacles National Park is a wonderland of rugged rock spires, deep cave waterfalls, valleys, and streams—all packed into one small park inland from Monterey.

Sequoia Solitude: California's first national park is home to world-famous trees, including the biggest one on Earth. Yet even with such mighty credentials, Sequoia National Park sees few visitors in the winter. There's snowhere else like it!

Yo ho, Yosemite: Visiting Yosemite in winter is like seeing a favorite band at a private venue—you can’t believe how lucky you are to be there without the crowds. Head to California’s beloved treasure for an off-season escape that will refresh your spirits and inspire some wintry whoop-dee-doos!

Hike Like You Mean It

2013 is the year to hike an icon! Join Team In Training (TNT) for one of their upcoming hiking adventures in the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, or Havasupai Falls. You'll feel great knowing that these hikes raise funds for lifesaving cancer research. When you sign up for a hiking adventure, you’ll benefit from the fitness and nutrition expertise of TNT’s pro coaches, certified in partnership with the American Hiking Society. You’ll also get in tip-top shape by doing local training hikes on some of Southern California’s premier trails. Every step you take helps make a difference in the fight against blood cancers. Lace up the boots—time for legendary hiking!

LOCAL BONUS HIKE: See What TNT’s all about. Join them for a free hike on Saturday, February 2, in Malibu Creek State Park, famous for movie shoots and as the filming locale for the classic television series M*A*S*H (details below).

The Malibu Creek State Park hike is Saturday, February 2, 2013, at 8:00 a.m. The park is located 4 miles south of Hwy. 101 on Las Virgenes/Malibu Canyon Road. Meet at the picnic tables just inside the park gate. (Parking fee is $12. Limited free street parking is 0.25-mile away on the corner of Las Virgenes and Mulholland.)