Free admission at all Flagstaff national monuments

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - In celebration of America's great outdoors, Flagstaff's national monuments will be joining national parks and wildlife refuges around the country in offering free admission to the Monuments this weekend on August 14 and 15.

Visitors arriving at Walnut Canyon, Sunset Crater Volcano, or Wupatki National Monuments will be allowed to enter free of charge. Monument entrance stations will also have Interagency Senior and Annual Passes available for those who wish to purchase them.

In addition, the Western National Parks Association (WNPA), our non-profit partner that supports the interpretive activities of the Flagstaff National Monuments, will be giving a 15 percent discount on all sales items at all Monument bookstores.

For more information about WNPA, please visit their website at www.wnpa.org.

A Native American cultural demonstration will take place at Walnut Canyon National Monument. Stephanie Lomatewama, a Hopi basket weaver, will be demonstrating her crafts from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days. She is a member of the Badger Clan and started learning the skill of wicker basket making from her mother at the age of 14. Her weaving skills produce a variety of beautiful items, including baskets and cradle boards.

This summer's fee-free days are intended to encourage Americans to get outdoors and experience their public lands. Additional admission-free days are planned for Sept. 25 and Nov. 11. For more information on fee-free opportunities in National Park Service units around the country, visit www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm.

To learn more about visiting the Flagstaff Area National Monuments, contact Wupatki at (928) 679-2365 or visit www.nps.gov/wupa; Sunset Crater Volcano at (928) 526-0502 or visit www.nps.gov/sucr; or Walnut Canyon at (928) 526-3367 or visit www.nps.gov/waca.

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