Free Admission Days at U.S. National Parks

January 5, 2024

Whether you crave the desert’s dry heat, dream of alpine summits, revel in tropical sunshine, or live for the rocky beaches of the North Atlantic, America’s national park system has what you’re looking for. While some national parks and monuments are free, 109 national parks, monuments, seashores, and battlefields are fee-charging.

Visit battlefields, monuments, and military parks to explore history. Enjoy the waves and water at national seashores and lakeshores. Take a driving tour on one of America’s four national byways or go rafting on one of 10 wild and scenic rivers. Wherever you choose to go, there’s a KOA campground close by. Over 500 KOA campgrounds across the country have roomy campsites and comfortable cabins, loads of family activities to wind down after a day in the national parks, and friendly staff who are ready to help you get the most out of your park visit.

Visiting the national parks is one of the most economical vacation options there is, but it’s never more affordable than on six free entry days, when all the national park sites that normally charge an entry fee of as much as $35 offer free admission. Previously just five days, in 2024 Juneteenth has been added a fee-free entrance day following it’s recognition as a federal holiday in 2021. Pick a new park to explore, or return to an old favorite, to celebrate these special park holidays in 2024.

When are All National Parks Free? Visit National Parks for Free on These Six Days

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – January 15
First Day of National Park Week – April 20
Juneteenth National Independence Day – June 19
Anniversary or the Great American Outdoors Act – August 4
National Public Lands Day – September 28
Veterans Day – November 11

A view of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on a spring day.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – January 15

Monday, January 15 is the first admission-free day of the year, and hundreds of volunteers will be participating in park service projects to honor the occasion. Check a park near you for volunteer opportunities, or celebrate with a visit to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, DC, a journey along the 46-mile Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail in Alabama, or a visit to Georgia’s Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park.

Ancient lava flows leave black rock in the green mountains surrounding Craters of the Moon in Idaho.

First Day of National Park Week – April 20

Kick-off National Park Week by participating in a ranger-led hike, interpretive program, or Park Week festival on fee-free Monday, April 20. Pick one of the National Park’s least visited sites, like Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho, Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve in Washington, or Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area in Montana and Wyoming, all as spectacular as any national park but a lot less crowded.

Juneteenth National Independence Day – June 19

One of the oldest known commemorations of the abolition of slavery in the United States, Juneteenth National Independence day is the newest federally recognized holiday and a new addition to the fee-free days at national parks. Juneteenth celebrates the final emancipation of enslaved African Americans, which took place in Texas in 1865, three years after the Emancipation Proclamation. Consider a visit to Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument or Mammoth Cave National Park – where enslaved Black people and later generations of Black guides helped develop modern cave exploration.

Grinnell Lake in Glacier National Park on a cloudy summer day, with dramatic clouds.

Anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act – August 4

Passed in 2020, the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) provides funding to improve infrastructure and expand opportunities for recreation in national parks and other public lands. Providing billions of dollars to make significant enhancements to America’s national wonders, the GAOA is critical to ensuring preservation and education for current and future park visitors. Go rafting in Glacier National Park, cycle the paved Shark Valley loop in the Everglades, try fishing in Denali or Voyageurs, or stay up late to enjoy the starry skies in Death Valley.

National Public Lands Day – September 28

Established in 1994, National Public Lands Day is held the fourth Saturday in September and is traditionally the nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort celebrating the connection between people and green space in their community. Hike a portion of the Appalachian Trail or Wisconsin’s Ice Age Trail. Paddle California’s Trinity and Klamath Rivers or Missouri’s Ozark National Scenic Riverways. It’s also the perfect opportunity to look for volunteer opportunities in your nearby parks and nature areas. As an added benefit, when you volunteer in the parks on September 28, you’ll receive a one-day pass to use on another park visit in the future.

Veterans Day – November 11

The final fee-free day of the year falls on Veterans Day to commemorate and honor the service of American veterans. Choose a battlefield, military park, or historic site to visit on November 11 and learn about the men and women who gave their lives in defense of our country. Take a trip to Mount Rushmore in South Dakota to learn about the iconic sculpture of four legendary presidents, or the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor to see where World War II began for the U.S in 1941.

National Park Sites that Normally Charge An Entrance Fee

Little River Canyon National Preserve

Denali National Park & Preserve

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
Grand Canyon National Park
Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Montezuma Castle National Monument
Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
Petrified Forest National Park
Pipe Spring National Monument
Saguaro National Park
Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument
Tonto National Monument
Tumacácori National Historical Park
Tuzigoot National Monument
Walnut Canyon National Monument
Wupatki National Monument

Fort Smith National Historic Site

Cabrillo National Monument
Death Valley National Park
Devils Postpile National Monument
Joshua Tree National Park
Lassen Volcanic National Park
Lava Beds National Monument
Muir Woods National Monument
Pinnacles National Park
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
Yosemite National Park

Bent’s Old Forst National Historic Site
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
Colorado National Monument
Dinosaur National Monument
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
Mesa Verde National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park

Canaveral National Seashore
Castillo de San Marcos National Monument
Dry Tortugas National Park
Everglades National Park
Gulf Islands National Seashore

Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area
Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park
Cumberland Island National Seashore
Fort Pulaski National Monument
Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

Haleakalā National Park
Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park
Pu’uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park

Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve
Yellowstone National Park

Poverty Point National Monument

Acadia National Park

Antietam National Battlefield
Assateague Island National Seashore
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park
Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine

Adams National Historical Park
Cape Cod National Seashore

Isle Royale National Seashore
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Pipestone National Monument

Vicksburg National Military Park

Gateway Arch National Park
Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield

Glacier National Park
Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument
Yellowstone National Park

Death Valley National Park
Lake Mead National Recreation Area

New Hampshire
Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site

New Jersey
Thomas Edison National Historical Park

New Mexico
Bandelier National Monument
Capulin Volcano National Monument
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Chaco Culture National Historical Park
Valles Caldera National Preserve
White Sands National Monument

New York
Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site
Sagamore Hill National Historic Site
Statue of Liberty National Monument
Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Nationa Historic Site
Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site

North Carolina
Wright Brothers National Memorial

North Dakota
Theodore Roosevelt National Park

First Ladies National Historic Site
James A. Garfield National Historic Site
Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial

Crater Lake National Park
Lewis & Clark National Historical Park

Steamtown National Historic Site

Puerto Rico
San Juan National Historic Site

South Carolina
Fort Sumter National Monument

South Dakota
Badlands National Park

Big Bend National Park
Fort Davis National Historic Site
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Padre Island National Seashore

Arches National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park
Canyonlands National Park
Capitol Reef National Park
Cedar Breaks National Monument
Golden Spike National Historic Site
Natural Bridges National Monument
Zion National Park

Virgin Islands
Christiansted National Historic Site

Great Falls Park
Prince William Forest Park
Shenandoah National Park

Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
Lewis & Clark National Historical Park
Mount Rainier National Park
Olympic National Park

West Virginia
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Devils Tower National Monument
Grand Teton National Park
Yellowstone National Park

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