National Park Service Announces Free Admission Dates for 2021
National parks are America’s best idea, and there are more than 400 parks 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 national parks that normally charge an entrance fee. The others are free all the time. The entrance fee waiver for fee-free days does not cover amenity or user fees for activities such as camping, boat launches, transportation, special tours or other activities (many of which are operated by private vendors).
That includes some of the most well-attended and awe-inspiring national parks in the country — Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Grand Teton, Rocky Mountain, Acadia, Denali, Zion and more. Many of them normally charge entry fees of up to $35 per vehicle.
For 2021, six fee-free dates have been announced:
- January 18: Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
- April 17: First day of National Park Week
- August 4: One-year anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act
- August 25: National Park Service's 105th Birthday
- September 25: National Public Lands Day
- November 11: Veterans Day
Since the COVID-19 pandemic has inspired Americans to stick with domestic travel, prioritize social distancing and escape into the great outdoors. Our national parks became go-to destinations during 2020 — and that trend continues into 2021.
Those who plan to visit several national parks or anticipate repeat visits over the course of a year should consider investing in an America the Beautiful annual pass. 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 normally 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 disabled citizens. Learn more about the variety of passes offered by the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass series.