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Free Entrance Days in the National Parks

Three kids kids exploring stream

Fee-free days make national parks accessible to more people.

The National Park Service turns 100 years old in 2016, so on 16 days in ’16, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone.

 Mark your calendar for these entrance fee–free dates in 2016:
  • January 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • April 16 through 24: National Park Week
  • August 25 through 28: National Park Service Birthday
  • September 24: National Public Lands Day
  • November 11: Veterans Day

National parks are America’s Best Idea, and there are 409 available to everyone, every day. The fee-free days provide a great opportunity to visit a new place or an old favorite, especially one of the 127 national parks that normally charge an entrance fee. The others are free all of the time. Plan your visit and enjoy our country’s history and nature.

 The fee waiver includes entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.
Fee-free days make parks accessible to more people. However, national parks are always economical, with entrance fees that range from $3 to $30. In addition, any fourth grade student can get a free annual pass through the Every Kid in a Park program, and active duty military and citizens with a permanent disability can also get free passes. For more information about the variety of discounted passes available, please visit the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass page.

Posted December 15, 2015 by henrymowry in National Parks

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America’s Best Idea — the national parks — is even better when it’s free!Mark your calendar for these entrance fee-free* dates in 2015:

Photo of hikers on the Cerro Grande Trail at Bandelier National Monument

Photo of hikers on the Cerro Grande Trail at Bandelier National Monument

  • January 19 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • February 14-16 – Presidents Day weekend
  • April 18-19 – opening weekend of National Park Week
  • August 25 – National Park Service Birthday
  • September 26 – National Public Lands Day
  • November 11 – Veterans Day
Only 133 of our country’s 405 national parks usually charge an entrance fee. So start planning your visit!

If you’re planning a trip that includes multiple national parks, you might consider the $80 annual pass that provides entrance to all national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests, and many other Federal lands-more than 2,000 in all. The America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass is offered free to all active duty military members and their dependents. Information on these and other pass options is available online.

*Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.

Posted January 18, 2015 by henrymowry in National Parks

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