Fee-free dates throughout 2012 attract outdoor enthusiasts to Sequoia National Park
SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif., Jan. 5, 2012 - America's Best Idea - the national parks - gets even better with several fee-free days at more than 100 national parks that usually charge entrance fees. In participation, Sequoia National Park will waive its entrance fees on the following dates in 2012:
  • January 14-16 - Martin Luther King Jr. weekend 
  • April 21-29 - National Park Week 
  • June 9 - Get Outdoors Day
  • September 29 - National Public Lands Day
  • November 10-12 - Veterans Day weekend
With no snow on the ground yet, it could be good news for sun-seekers over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend. Unusual winter conditions in Sequoia National Park have provided mostly sunny and dry weather, and the early January forecast calls for more of the same. High-elevation trails are still easily accessible in hiking shoes, streams are flowing but easy to cross, and opportunities to spot wildlife abound.

The Wuksachi Lodge, nestled in the heart of the park, beckons weary travelers and day hikers with deluxe mountain accommodations and the only full-service restaurant in the area. Visitors to the park can enhance their trip by booking an overnight stay or stopping for breakfast, lunch, or dinner (reservations recommended), or to enjoy a well-deserved glass of wine by the fireplace. For those who prefer to eat on the trail, box lunches can also be ordered from the lodge a day in advance.

For more information, or to book an overnight stay at Wuksachi Lodge, call 866-449-4902.
About the Wuksachi Lodge
Located in the heart of Sequoia National Park on the western slope of the Central Sierra, the 102-room Wuksachi Lodge features a panoramic mountain setting, full-service restaurant, cocktail lounge, retail shop, and 1,320 square feet of dedicated meeting space. Furnishings reflect an upscale, natural decor highlighting native granite rock, oak, cedar, and hickory woods, as well as modern guest amenities such Internet access. The Wuksachi Lodge is operated by Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, one of the nation's leading hospitality management companies, under contract with the National Park Service.

About Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts
Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts is a leading hospitality provider in Special PlacesSM, with hotel, retail, food service, recreation, and transportation operations at historic and scenic properties in North America and Australia. The company operates Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and in Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Sequoia and Yosemite national parks, including The Ahwahnee and other Yosemite lodges; Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite & the Cottages at Tenaya Lodge; Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa in British Columbia; Niagara Falls State Park; The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake in Ohio; Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga; Holiday Inn West Yellowstone, Gray Wolf Inn & Suites and Yellowstone Park Hotel; and LeMay - America's Car Museum in Tacoma, Wash. The company also owns and operates five luxury resorts in Australia. To learn more about Delaware North Companies' hospitality management expertise, visit www.experiencednc.com


Rebecca Chappell
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