Free admission to Lake Mead on Aug. 25 to celebrate birthday

Free admission to Lake Mead on Aug. 25 to celebrate birthday

By Krista Hostetler. CREATED Aug 22, 2014

Lake Mead National Recreation Area will celebrate the 98th birthday of the National Park Service by waiving its normal entrance fee of $10 on Aug. 25.

Birthday cake will also be available at the visitor center, starting at 1 p.m.

At the visitor center, guests can explore the botanical gardens, see a huge relief map of the park and learn about the park from exhibits. The gift shop will also offer 15 percent off select items.

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.

Now, there are 401 national parks throughout the country.

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 six million park visitors enjoyed the site and added $260 million to the local economy and supported nearly 3,000 area jobs.

Krista Hostetler

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Krista Hostetler is the Senior Web Editor for ktnv.com and KTNV Mobile.