You Can Visit National Parks For Free On These Four Days In 2018

Free-access days at U.S. national parks are being reduced from ten to four in 2018. With entry fees set to skyrocket next year, it’s more important than ever to be in the know about those admission-free days.

In the coming year, park entrance fees will jump from $25-$30 for a private vehicle to $70. Walk-in visitors or those on bicycles are usually charged $10-$15, but that cost will rise to $30 per person in 2018.

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While the National Park Service normally opens parks for free access a few times a year, the number of public days has been steadily dropping since 2016, when the park service offered 16 entire days of free park access. Here are the four free entrance days for national parks in 2018:

  • January 15: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • April 21: First day of National Park Week
  • September 22: National Public Lands Day
  • November 11: Veterans Day


For more about the park fee increases in 2018, click here.