55°F
weather icon Clear

Park Service marks 98th birthday with free admission, cake

Lake Mead National Recreation Area will celebrate the 98th birthday of the National Park Service Monday by waiving its $10 entrance fee. Birthday cake also will be available at the visitor center, starting at 1 p.m.

“It’s a fun time at Lake Mead National Recreation Area,” said Patrick Gubbins, deputy superintendent. “We’re celebrating the park’s 50th anniversary along with the founding of the National Park Service. We want everyone to join the party.”

At the visitor center, guests can explore the botanical gardens, see a relief map of the park and learn about the park from exhibits. Another attraction is the award-winning park film, “Life in the Desert.” It is shown every 30 minutes in the auditorium and is now available on DVD in the park store. The gift shop also will offer 15 percent off select items.

For 50 more things to do at the park, visit http://www.nps.gov/lake/planyourvisit/fifty-things-to-do-at-lake-mead.htm.

In 1872, Yellowstone National Park was established as the world’s first national park. There were 37 national parks in the United States when President Woodrow Wilson signed legislation to create the National Park Service on Aug. 25, 1916.

Today, there are 401 national parks throughout the country and each one tells an important part of the American story. Some commemorate notable people and achievements, others conserve magnificent landscapes and natural wonders. Plan your visit at www.nps.gov.

Lake Mead National Recreation Area was established in 1964 as the National Park Service’s first national recreation area to preserve the recreation potential and scenic, historic, scientific and other important features of the area. Last year, more than 6 million visitors enjoyed the site and added $260 million to the local economy and supported nearly 3,000 area jobs.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
THE LATEST
Xeriscaping continues at BOR office

Clean, Green Boulder City is now a little less green, but according to officials from the Bureau of Reclamation, it’s for a good cause, saving more than two million gallons of water a year.

Boulder Beach cleanup a big success

Mother Nature often needs a helping hand these days, and thanks to a cleanup this past Friday, that’s exactly what happened.

Group looks to protect Hoover Dam’s Star Map

For those who have ever been to Hoover Dam, it’s almost guaranteed they have seen Oskar J.W. Hansen’s Winged Figures, which has stood for nearly nine decades.

Bureau to install desert landscape

For those who have driven past the Bureau of Reclamation building within the last week, you may have been wondering why it’s surrounded by a chain-link fence.

Power rates, sources explained

The rate paid by Boulder City for power purchased on the open market rose from 3.945 cents per kWh in 2018 to 23.859 cents per kWh in 2023, an eye-popping increase of 500% or six times the 2018 cost. But what exactly does “open market” mean?

Effect of proposed residential water caps

The bill would give the Southern Nevada Water Authority the ability to cap residential water use during a federally declared water shortage.

‘This is really nice’: Just 23% of Nevada remains in drought

The storms that swept across the Western U.S. this winter dropped so much water that less than one-quarter of the nation’s driest state remains in drought.

Senators call for disaster funding to help Lake Mead

“Disastrous conditions have reshaped Lake Mead National Recreation Area’s one and a half million acres of incredible landscapes and slowly depleted the largest reservoir in the United States,” the senators wrote in a letter to the National Park Service.