WASHINGTON – The National Park Service will have five entrance fee-free days in 2020. On each of these significant days of celebration or commemoration, all national parks will waive entrance fees.
The dates for 2020 are:
Monday, Jan. 20 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Saturday, April 18 – First Day of National Park Week/National Junior Ranger Day
Tuesday, Aug. 25 – National Park Service Birthday
Saturday, Sept. 26 – National Public Lands Day
Wednesday, Nov. 11 – Veterans Day
Since their inception almost 150 years ago, national parks have protected resources and provided places for public health and enjoyment. With at least one site in every state, the National Park Service’s 419 parks, recreation areas, cultural sites, rivers and trails are accessible destinations that supply benefits for overall physical and mental well-being. Time spent in nature reduces stress and blood pressure and often leads to lifestyle choices that include more exercise and better nutrition. Paddling, bicycling, walking, fishing, stargazing and camping are just some of the many memorable and healthful recreational activities available in national parks.
Out of the 419 National Park Service sites, 110 charge an entrance fee, with costs ranging from $5 to $35. The other 309 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.
Other federal land management agencies offering their own fee-free days in 2020 include the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.