2017 Free Admission Days in National Parks

Mark these 10 Fee-Free Days in Your Calendar
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The Blue Ridge Parkway around a ridge

Kick off the second century of the National Park Service by exploring your national inheritance! For these ten days in 2017, all national parks across the country will waive admission fees, so grab your calendar and start making plans.

The 2017 free entrance days will fall on:

  • January 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • February 20: Presidents Day
  • April 15-16 and 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

There are more than 400 natural, cultural, and historical gems across the National Park System. No matter what your passions or interests are, there’s a park that will speak to you! Just get out there , explore as many as possible, and find your park (o encuentra tu parque).

Start planning your next adventure

African American woman climbs a ladder at Mesa Verde

Whitney exploring Mesa Verde National Park during the 2015 Find Your Park Expedition (#FYPx)

Victor Wei

Need ideas on where to go, what to see or do, and where to stay? These resources and tools will help:

No excuses – lace up your boots, get up, get out there, and find your park! And don’t forget to share shots from your adventures with us here or through social media using #FindYourPark and #EncuentraTuParque.


What are the dates for 2018? Thanks.
isnt it always free to drive through the smokies all year?
I'm definitely working on getting that pass for Senior lifetime....love the Parks, support the system regularly and visit as often as travel will allow. Bless Roosevelt and friends for making the Park dream a reality for all Americans to enjoy!
Debora "DJ"
Champagne, Ph.D.
The next free admission day falls on Saturday, September 30 (National Public Lands Day) which is also the holiday of Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year for the Jewish faith. One who observes may not travel to the parks on that day. It would be nice if the free admission day were extended for Sunday, October 1 as well..
And for a short time, people 65+ can get a life time pass for $10. Soon will rise to $90.
I read the increase will be $80.
Still not bad for a life time membership. It should've had increase a few years ago, really. Maybe then it would had help the Federal employees as well with this increase to hold those cut back months.
I believe it is 62 years and older; price good through the end of August. Available online from nps.gov for an additional $10 processing fee. Best deal on the planet!
Fabulous deal! We got one at age 62 and have used it a lot! We spent lots of $ on entrance fees when we were "too young"! Get one while the getting is good!

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