National Park Week kicks off this weekend

Big Bend National Park
Big Bend National Park (AP Photo/Michael Graczyk)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — This weekend kicks off National Park Week and during the opening weekend, admission is free to all 407 national parks. The National Park Service turns 100 next year and park officials want to make some long needed repairs before the celebration begins.

Last year, a record 292 million people visited national parks like the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone or Skyline Drive in Virginia. Some visitors came across crumbling rock walls, cracked bathrooms sinks and paved walkways covered in moss. NPS estimates it’ll need $11.5 billion to fix maintenance projects that have been neglected for years.

For a full list of National sites in Texas, click here.

With additional reporting by Tracie Potts with NBC News. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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