Pinnacles National Monument Offering Free Admission

San Benito County’s famous “Pinnacles National Monument” is joining 146 other national parks and monuments in offering free admission weekends this summer.

Interior Secretary, Ken Salazar, said: “During these tough economic times, our national parks provide opportunities for affordable vacations for families.”

‘The Pinnacles’, Grand Canyon, Yosemite and dozens of other Parks will not be charging entrance fees on June 20-21, July 18-19 or August 15-16.  The normal fees at ‘The Pinnacles’ are: $5 per vehicle (regardless of the number of passengers) and is good for 7 days; or a $3 walk-in fee for those adults entering the Park on foot or bicycle.  The Park also offers an annual pass for $15.

On the national scene, 275 million visitors enjoyed the national parks last year.  Those visits generated an estimated $10.6 and supported more than 213,000 jobs.

So, come and see the incredible Pinnacle National Monument this summer for free.  If you buy a hamburger and soda too our local economy will appreciate it.

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