Visiting our national parks is even better when getting in is free. Admission to all units administered by the National Park Service is free on Monday, January 20, 2020, which is the day we celebrate the birthday of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. Other fees, like for camping, will still apply.

There are several national parks that aren’t too far away from the Reno area. These include Lassen Volcanic National Park, Yosemite National Park, Death Valley National Park, and Great Basin National Park, the only one totally within Nevada.

Lassen Volcanic National Park

Lassen Peak and Manzanita Lake in Lassen Volcanic National Park, CA. Photo © Stan White

Other public lands agencies also have free days during 2020. These include the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Go to “Free Days to Visit National Parks and Public Lands” for more details on when you can save on admission fees when visiting your public lands.

Clouds and contrails

January 14, 2020

Clouds, contrails, sky, Reno, Nevada, NV

Busy sky over Reno, Nevada. Photo © Stan White

Start the New Year with a visit to your local branch of the Washoe County Library. Besides books and other types of media to check out, there are numerous free activities and programs for all ages.

January 2020 Booksale – The booksales are a fundraising function of Friends of Washoe County Library. The January 2020 book sale is from January 11 through 19. This is a great place for bargains on books and other media while also supporting our Washoe County Library System. Doors are open to everyone from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on each day of the sale. Sales are cash and check only – credit cards are not accepted.

The booksale is located in the Reno Town Mall, next door to the Sierra View branch of the Washoe County Library. The door is to the left, just before the main entrance to the library branch. There will be signs when a sale is in progress. The Reno Town Mall is at the southwest corner of South Virginia Street and Peckham Lane, across from the Reno – Sparks Convention Center. There is plenty of free parking.