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Free entry on National Public Lands Day in or near Las Vegas

Posted at 1:59 PM, Sep 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-23 19:03:54-04

Sept. 28 is National Public Lands Day and that means admission will be free to all public lands.

That includes the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. However, BLM is warning that visitation is expected to be heavy, with the most congested time anticipated between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. If it becomes too crowded, the BLM will temporarily close the scenic loop until some people leave.

Red Rock Canyon was designated as Nevada's first national conservation area. It is located 17 miles west of the Las Vegas Strip on Charleston Boulevard/State Route 159. The area includes a LEED certified visitor center, 13-Mile Scenic Drive, miles of hiking trails, picnic areas, rock climbing, horseback riding, mountain biking, road biking, picnic areas, nature observing and the Red Spring Interpretive Boardwalk.

Death Valley National Park is waiving entrance fees on National Public Lands Day, which is Sept. 28. Death Valley National Park will also waive entrance fees on November 2, to culminate a week-long celebration of the park’s 25th birthday. All National Park Service sites, including Death Valley, will waive entrance fees on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

Lake Mead National Recreation Area will also be waiving entrance fees for the day.

Mount Charleston will also be celebrating National Public Lands Day with the 2nd annual Green The Mountain celebration. More than 700 volunteers have already registered to participate in litter cleanups at main trailheads, a Joshua tree seedling planting in the 2013 Carpenter 1 fire Harris Spring burn area, and aiding in the instillation of 16 new pet waste stations at trailheads. After the cleanup, the public is invited to attend a free concert by The Russian Dragon, from noon to 3 p.m. All purchases at the concert will benefit Go Mt. Charleston. Go Mt. Charleston is no longer accepting volunteers for this event, though volunteers are encouraged to help year-round by visiting www.gomtcharleston.com.