The US National Park Service has turned 103 years old, and there’s a reason to celebrate.
On Sunday, August 25, you can visit national parks and not pay any fees. The list includes the big-name destinations such as Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Everglades and more. Only 115 of the 418 parks managed by the National Park Service charge entrance fees regularly, with fees ranging from $5 to $35. The other 303 national parks do not have entrance fees.
The entrance fee waiver for the fee-free days does not cover amenity or user fees for activities such as camping, boat launches, transportation, or special tours.
If you want to visit more parks during the year, then look for an Annual pass. The America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass costs $80 and allows unlimited entrance to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including all national parks. There are also free or discounted passes available for senior citizens, current members of the U.S. military, families of fourth grade students, and disabled citizens.
Entrance Fee-Free Days 2019
The five entrance fee-free days for 2019 are:
Monday, January 21 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Saturday, April 20 – First Day of National Park Week/National Junior Ranger Day
- Sunday, August 25 – National Park Service Anniversary
- Saturday, September 28 – National Public Lands Day
- Monday, November 11 – Veterans Day