Every year, hundreds of thousands of travelers look forward to taking advantage of our National Park Free Admission Days. This wonderful opportunity allows visitors to visit our National Parks. Also included are our National Monuments, Historical Landmarks, National Battlefields, National Seashores, etc. without requiring a pass or payment.
The U.S. National Park System comprises of 418 sites on more than 84 million acres. They include National Parks, National Historical Parks, National Monuments, National Recreation Areas, National Battlefields, and National Seashores. Notably, there is at least one national park in every state.
All of our Country’s National Parks are joining across the the United States to waive entrance fees on five days in 2019. Their mission is to encourage solo and family travelers, alike, to get outdoors to explore the United States’ parks this year.
The 2019 National Park Service free admission schedule:
This admission-free opportunity applies to entrance fees only. The free admission does not cover camping and campground user fees, transportation, special tours or boat launches.
Visitors can enjoy a wide range of activities such as hiking, photography, traveling scenic drives and rugged backcountry roads. They can also enjoy visiting ancient cultural sites, strolling pathways that lead to interesting rock formations and viewing beautiful desert vistas.
These admission-free days provide great opportunities to visit parks you’ve never visited or return to your favorites; especially one of the national parks that normally charge an entrance fee. The others are free all the time.
Normally, 115 of the 418 national parks in the country charge an entrance fee, while the other 303 national parks do not.
Park visitors can also purchase annual and lifetime passes to cover entrance fees throughout the year. The annual $55 Southeast Utah Parks Pass allows unlimited entrance to national parks in the Southeast Utah Group (Arches, Canyonlands, Hovenweep, and Natural Bridges) for an entire year from the date of purchase.
The annual $80 America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass allows unlimited entrance to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including all national parks that charge an entrance fee. There are also free or discounted passes available for senior citizens, current members of the military, families of fourth grade students, and citizens with disabilities.
Learn more about the variety of passes in one of our previous blog posts…
So, charge up that camera! Lace up your hiking shoes, fill your Camelback and go outside!! Whether its Glacier, Yellowstone, Zion, Death Valley or Grand Canyon, they all are there waiting for you to explore!
Please don’t forget one important tip: PACK IN PACK OUT! Take only photographs and leave only footprints.
Enjoy your National Park free admission days “on da house”! See ya out there!