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Jun 8, 2013 8:59 PM by Erika Flores

National Get Outdoors Day fills campsites

TUCSON- As the temperature heats up, some Tucsonans leave town to cool down. Saturday, some national parks waived fees to encourage families to get outdoors and enjoy nature. Many went to Mt. Lemmon to escape the heat. Rose Canyon Lake proved to be a popular spot for National Get Outdoors Day. By Friday night the campsites were full. It's the perfect setting for a father-daughter fishing trip. "It is fun," said Rick Brown. Rick and Audrey Brown have explored nature together for most of Audrey's life. "I started carrying her in a backpack when she was little," said Brown. They continue the tradition of exploring the outdoors as much as they can with their dog Bella. "This is Tucson's little piece of paradise. It is so much cooler up here," said Givina Cruz-Ball, who went to Mt. Lemmon to escape the Tucson heat. But when Ball and her family arrived to Rose Canyon Lake, they saw a sign at the entrance that said camp full. "We were surprised we were trying to get here early enough such as Friday night to be able to have a spot for Saturday," said Ball. Camp sites filled up Friday. People were taking advantage of free fishing all day. "We were a little surprised today because there were so many cars in the parking lot. We didn't know if we were going to be able to fish, but it has been great," said Brown. During National Get Outdoors Day., the Coronado National Forest Service waives day-use fees. "It's great. More kids need to be out. More people need to be out," said Robert Kennerly who was out fishing. The next fee waiver dates are: • National Public Lands Day - September 28;• Veterans' Day Weekend - November 9 - 11.

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