The National Park Service turns 101 on Friday. You can celebrate by heading to any national park for fee-free entrance, but why not say "Happy Birthday" by buying an annual pass? It's the best $80 you'll spend all year, we promise.

We took a look at the list of least-visited national parks to give you a few ideas for sites that need some love. All of these beautiful places count fewer than 30,000 visitors per year. By comparison, Golden Gate National Recreation Area and the Blue Ridge Parkway received more than 15 million visits last year. Great Smoky Mountains National Park had about 11 million visitors, and Grand Canyon had just under 6 million.

So why not check out these rarely-visited parks, where you'll rarely see other humans? If we're missing a lesser-known park you love, we'd love to hear about it! Share your photos on our Facebook page or by tagging @snewsteam on Twitter or Instagram.


Fewer free days at national parks next year

The National Park Service is drastically scaling back on its popular “free days” for 2018. The announced this week that they will have only four next year: Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Jan. 15), the first day of National Park Week (April 21), National Public Lands Day (Sept. 22) more

Dinosaur National Monument

Retired park rangers ask Zinke to stop oil & gas leases near parks

In an open letter released on Tuesday, more than 350 veteran National Park Service employees pleaded with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to deny proposed oil and gas leases adjacent to park borders. "National parks represent the best of America," the letter says, adding that they more

Land and Water Conservation Fund

Industry Buzz: Breaking news, fee-free National Parks day, L.L.Bean's summer-long relay hike, and more.

If you read anything today, make it Industry Buzz. Here are the latest headlines: Do you have buzzworthy news tips? Email us at We have breaking specialty retailer news. Chattanooga-based Rock/Creek Outfitters was sold to Uncle Dan's Outfitters, a more

Ryan Zinke

In effort to hike national park fees, Zinke blames free visits

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke earlier this week claimed that too many Americans access national parks free of charge, which isn't helping in the effort to shrink a $11.7 billion maintenance backlog. On Tuesday, Zinke in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee more


Poll | Should fees increase at popular national parks?

Last week, we reported on Ryan Zinke's proposal to raise the admission price at 17 national parks. The proposed fee increase may impact frequently visited national parks during their peak-visitation months. The peak visitation months refer to the park’s busiest contiguous more


Zinke wants to jack up national park entrance fees

The National Park Service announced Tuesday it is suggesting a fee increase at the most popular national parks, that could start in 2018. The entrance fee would rise significantly from $25 per car to $70. It will be $50 for motorcycles, and $30 per person on foot or bike. The more

America's National Parks Podcast

If National Parks could talk

Elevator Pitches are written by the company and edited for space and clarity. They do not express the opinions of SNEWS or its editors. Ride the elevator with Jason Epperson, Producer/Host of America's National Parks Podcast. The America's National Parks Podcast tells the story more


15 things you didn't know about national monuments

In 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt signed the Antiquities Act into law, which grants presidents the authority to declare “objects of historic or scientific interest that are situated upon the lands owned or controlled by the Government of the United States to be national more

Zion Milky Way

National Park Trips Media offering special discount on photo workshops to SNEWS readers

It's 5 a.m. in Bryce Canyon National Park and a group of people with cameras are alone in the park under the starry sky. Their feet stamp the ground, they rub their frozen hands together to warm them, and their coffee steams as they open thermoses. When the first more