2017 Free Entrance Days

Nov 21, 2016


2017 Free Entrance Days

So maybe you like to plan around getting into places during free admission periods or possibly you might want to pick alternate travel dates in order to avoid higher visitation, either way, we have you covered. The National Park Service just turned 100 years old! Celebrate the start of our second century by visiting a park in 2017. During ten days of the year, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee, including Zion National Park, will offer free admission to everyone. We set up individual calendar events so you can add them right to your Google® or iCal® calendars for reminders, just click on the highlighted dates in the list below.

Mark your calendar for these entrance fee–free dates in 2017:

• January 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

• February 20: Presidents’ Day

• April 15-16 and April 22-23: Weekends of National Park Week

• August 25: National Park Service Birthday

• September 30: National Public Lands Day

• November 11-12: Veterans Day Weekend

National parks are America’s Best Idea, and there are more than 400 parks available to everyone, every day. The fee-free days provide a great opportunity to visit a new place or an old favorite, especially one of the 124 national parks that normally charge an entrance fee. The others are free all of the time. Plan your visit and enjoy our country’s history and nature.

The fee waiver includes entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession, and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.

Fee-free days make parks accessible to more people. However, national parks are always economical, with entrance fees that range from $3 to $30. In addition, any fourth-grade student can get a free annual pass through the Every Kid in a Park program, and active duty military and citizens with a permanent disability can also get free passes. For more information about the variety of discounted passes available, please visit the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass page.

Photos by David Pettit Photography

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