2023 National Parks Fee-free Days
According to National Park Service Director, Chuck Sams, “The entrance fee-free days to encourage people to discover the beauty, history and inspiration awaiting them in the more than 400 national parks throughout the country.” Only about 100 of the 400+ national parks have an entrance fee with costs ranging from $5 to $35+. Detailed information about what there is to see and do in each park is available on NPS.gov or the NPS app. It’s important for people to know before they go what is open and available, especially if staying overnight. Fee-free days applies only to entrance fees and does not cover amenity or user fees for camping, boat launches, transportation, special tours or other activities.
The annual $80 America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Pass allows unlimited access to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including all national parks, for the passholder and companions accompanying them. There are also free and discounted passes available for currently serving members of the U.S. military and their dependents, military veterans, Gold Star Families, fourth-grade students, disabled citizens and seniors.
Free Entrance Days for 2023
January 16: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
April 22: Earth Day and first day of National Park Week
August 4: Great Outdoors Day
September 23: National Public Lands Day
November 11: Veterans Day