Rapid City makes the perfect base for explorations and Doing Big Things. With several national parks, monuments and memorials as well as a host of state parks all within a one-hour drive, Rapid City offers a contemporary vibe and a rich cultural heritage experience. Downtown Rapid City and Main Street Square offer added urban pleasures as well as a vibrant arts and culture scene, great local restaurants and an assortment of boutiques and gift shops all surrounded by the City of Presidents.
National Park Week - and FREE Days Americas Best Idea - the national parks - announced the launch of Find Your Park, a public awareness and education campaign celebrating the milestone centennial anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016 and setting the stage for the next 100 years. It's about making great connections, exploring amazing places, discovering open spaces, enjoying affordable vacations and enhancing America's best idea - the national parks! It's all happening in your national parks.
Only 128 of our country's 407 national parks usually charge an entrance fee. So start planning your visit!
If you're planning a trip that includes multiple national parks, you might consider the $80 annual pass that provides entrance to all national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests, and many other Federal lands-more than 2,000 in all. The America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass is offered free to all active duty military members and their dependents. Information on these and other pass options is available online. (less)... Read more
Junior Ranger programs engage young people in age-appropriate activities that allow them to discover the significance of a specific site, introduce them to the national park system and to the mission of the National Park Service. They reveal to children that these amazing places belong to them. Junior Ranger programs are designed to provide participants with the flexibility to discover and interact with the park at their own pace and within the limits of their visit.
They encourage children and their families to explore things they might otherwise have missed, to get out and walk around, to explore further by visiting specialized programs, park movies, exhibits, trails overlooks, talking to a ranger, and others.
When you get to the park visitor center ask a park ranger or volunteer for a junior ranger booklet if you are between the ages of 6-12 and you can fill it out and earn a badge! (less)... Read more