Visitors will be able to get into the Lake Mead Recreation Area without paying the normal entrance fee Aug. 25 to celebrate the 98th anniversary of the National Park Service.
Beside free entrance, birthday cake will be served at the visitor center, starting at 1 p.m. The visitor center has a botanical garden, featuring plants native to the Mojave Desert. There is also a relief map of the park and exhibits giving out park information.
In 1872, Yellowstone National Park was established as the first national park. The park service was created when President Woodrow Wilson signed legislation on Aug. 25, 1916. By that time, 37 national parks were already established in the United States.
Today, there are 401 national parks throughout the country. Lake Mead National Recreation Area was established in 1964.