Fee-Free Weekend

New Mexico – From Carlsbad Caverns National Park to the Cibola National Forest, federal officials are waiving fees this weekend in honor of National Trails Day.

At Carlsbad Caverns, rangers are waiving general admission Saturday and Sunday to encourage people to get outside and explore the park's trails.

Visitors can make an 800-foot descent through the natural cave entrance and see a well-decorated cave chamber or stay on the surface for miles of backcountry trails.

All recreation fees at day-use sites on the Sandia Ranger District near Albuquerque will also be waived over the weekend, and some campgrounds within the Cibola National Forest will be free.

Many sites on the Gila and Lincoln national forests in southern New Mexico will also waive their fees.

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