Lake Mead Offers Free Entrance for Members of Military | Sports & Recreation
Active members of the military and their families will able to get into all national parks for free.
The offer is part of Armed Forces Day, which is Saturday. Lake Mead National Recreation Area is part of the offer. Those interested in getting the free passes must show a current military ID at any of the park entrance stations or park headquarters, 601 Nevada Way, Boulder City.
“We all owe a debt to those who sacrifice so much to protect our country,” said Lake Mead National Recreation Area Superintendent William K. Dickinson. “We are proud to recognize these brave men and women and hope that a visit to this or any national park will offer an opportunity to unwind, relax, rejuvenate, and just have fun with their families.”
The pass also allows free entrance to sites managed by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Forest Service.
The National Park Service says the parks and the military have long had strong ties, dating back as far as the establishment of Yellowstone National Park in 1872. Members of the U.S. Cavalry were actually the first park rangers taking care of the parks before the National Park Service was created. During World War II, many parks were set aside for training and care of members of the military.