National Park Service Announces Fee-Free Days for 2022
NPS Waives Entry Fees for Five Days This Year
In what has become an annual tradition, the National Park Service has announced its fee-free days for 2022. These are the dates when the NPS waives the entry fees for all of the national parks, monuments, historic battlefields, and other public lands, allowing visitors to explore those unique destinations for free.
This year, the Park Service has designated five days when travelers can enter the parks without paying the usual entry fee. Those dates include:
- Monday, January 17 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
- Saturday, April 16 – First Day of National Park Week
- Thursday, August 4 – Anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act
- Saturday, September 24 – National Public Lands Day
- Friday, November 11 – Veterans Day
In a press release announcing the dates, the Park Service points out that it oversees more than 400 locations, most of which never have an entry fee of any kind. There is also at least one national park in each of the 50 states, which means no matter where you live or travel, you’re never too far from one of these locations.
“National parks are for everyone, and we are committed to increasing access and providing opportunities for all to experience the sense of wonder, awe, and refreshment that comes with a visit to these treasured landscapes and sites,” National Park Service Director Chuck Sams said in that same press release.
While the entry fee to each national park is waived on the dates listed above, it is important to note that the cost of other amenities and activities still apply. Those include any fees for reserving a campsite, booking a cabin, or joining a special tour.
Click here for a complete list of the national parks participating in the fee-free days. And for more information on each of the parks, visit the NPS website.