National Parks, and Park Apps, Free for National Park Week

The Ledges at Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio.

The Ledges at Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio. Photo © Kenneth Sponsler/iStockphoto.

Next week is National Park Week! Starting this Saturday, April 21, through Sunday, April 29, all 397 units of the park system will waive their entrance fees, from Acadia to Zion and everywhere in between. The fee-free days make an already affordable vacation to America’s most spectacular places even easier on the wallet, at an ideal time for viewing wildflowers, birds, and waterfalls at many parks. 

To help celebrate National Park Week, mobile app developer Chimani has announced that it will give away one million of its ten highly rated park guides for smartphones. If you’re planning a trip to one of the nine destinations featured in Chimani’s apps, it’s the perfect time to take advantage of free detailed maps, auto tour information, hiking guides, bus schedules, and other useful planning tools, which normally cost between $4.99 and $9.99 each. If you’re considering a trip farther off the beaten path, their general guide for national parks is also free. All are available for iPhone and Android using the links on their website.

Don’t forget, if you use an iPhone, NPCA’s own free National Park Field Guides app is a good complement to the Chimani apps, with additional information on wildlife, native plants, and major sites in 50 national parks (with additional parks and an Android version coming soon).

Safe travels, park lovers!

About the Author

Online Editor Jennifer Errick

Jennifer Errick is managing editor of online communications at NPCA.

  • Rick Deutsch

    I’d like to point readers to an ALWAYS free app on hiking Yosemite’s Half Dome. It includes 18 points of interest with narration and photos, 6 videos including an interview with Royal Robbins, the first man to climb the face, and an interview with Ryan Gehfi who ran the entire HD trail in 2 1/2 hours round trip. Get the free download for iPhone or Android at