The National Park Service is back with its FREE entrance days for 2017! This year the National Park Service is offer 9 fee free days which are great opportunities to get out and explore. There are 409 parks in the U.S. , 127 of those normally charge an entrance fee ranging from $3-$30. So fee free days are a great way to explore on a budget. Also be sure to visit Find Your Park to see all the events happening in parks nearby.
*Fee free days waive entrance fees, commercial tour fees and transportation fees. Fees for reservations, camping, tours, and fees collected by third parties are not included unless otherwise stated.*
2017 FREE Entrance Days
- February 20th Presidents Day
- April 15-16th and 22nd-23rd National Parks Week (Weekends)
- August 25th National Park Service Birthday
- September 30th National Public Lands Day
- November 11th-12th Veterans Day Weekend
Can’t make any of the fee free day but are planning on visiting multiple parks, then an Annual Pass is what you need. There are actually quite a few different pass options for our National Parks.
- Annual Pass The cost is $80 for this pass. It is available to everyone and can be purchased at a federal recreation site, over the phone (1-888-275-8747 ext. 3) or online.
- Military Annual Pass This pass is FREE to all current members of the United States Military, Reserves and Guards. This pass can only be picked up in person at a Federal recreation site by showing a Common Access Card (CAC) or Military ID (Form 1173).
- 4th Grade Pass Through Every Kid in a Park program all 4th graders are eligible to obtain a FREE Annual Pass. This pass provides free entrance to national parks, forests, and wildlife refuges for the 4th grader as well as all children under 16 years of age in the party and up to three adults. Paper passes accepted only no electronic passes will be honored. Pass is only valid during the school year (September 2015 – August 31st, 2016). For more information and to get the pass visit everykidinapark.gov
For full information on passes and to see all pass options visit nps.gov
California National Parks
- Alcatraz Island – San Francisco
- Cabrillo National Monument – San Diego
- California National Historic Trail – Various locations in California (and in CO,ID,KS,MO,NV,NE,OR,UT,WY)
- César E. Chávez National Monument – Keene (Kern County)
- Channel Islands National Park – Ventura
- Death Valley National Park – Death Valley
- Devils Postpile National Monument – Serra Nevada (near Mammoth Lakes)
- Eugene O’Neill National Historical Site – Danville
- Fort Point National Historic Site – San Francisco
- Golden Gate National Recreation Area – San Francisco
- John Muir National Historic Site – Martinez
- Joshua Tree National Park – Twentynine Palms
- Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail – San Francisco
- Lassen Volcanic National Park – Mineral
- Lava Beds National Monument – Tulelake
- Manzanar National Historic Site – Independence
- Mojave National Preserve – Southern California (between I-15 and I-40; headquarters in Barstow)
- Muir Woods National Monument – Mill Valley
- Old Spanish National Historic Trail – California (AZ,CO,NV,NM,UT)
- Pinnacles National Park – Paicines
- Point Reyes National Seashore – Point Reyes
- Pony Express Historic Trail – California (CO,KS,MO,NE,NV,UT,WY)
- Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial – Concord Naval Weapons Station
- Presidio of San Francisco – San Francisco
- Redwood National And State Parks – Del Norte and Humboldt Counties
- Rosie the Riveter WII Home Front National Historical Park – Richmond
- San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park – San Francisco
- Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area – Thousand Oaks
- Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks – In the southern Sierra Nevada in Tulare and Fresno Counties
- Whiskeytown National Recreation Area – Whiskeytown
- World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument – California (Honolulu HI, and AK)
- Yosemite National Park – Serra Nevada
Have fun exploring!
Click here to find National Parks outside of California.