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National Parks: FREE Entrance Days in 2015

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As we transition to the new year, it’s a great time to take note of the National Park Service’s (NPS) lineup of free entrance days for 2015. The first entrance fee-free day is actually coming up already on January 19th Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and it could be a great time for you to visit one of the nearby national parks.

Several of the national park areas here in the Black Hills and Badlands region are always free to enter, but these fee-free weekends are especially good times to visit Badlands National Park or Devils Tower National Monument, since those two normally do charge a gate fee. Below is the official schedule of free entrance dates from the NPS.


America’s Best Idea – the national parks – gets even better with several fee-free days at more than 100 national parks that usually charge entrance fees.*

Mark your calendar for these fee-free days in 2015:

  • January 19, 2015
    Martin Luther King Jr. Day

  • February 14-16, 2015
    Presidents Day Weekend

  • April 18-19, 2015
    opening weekend of National Park Week

  • August 25, 2015
    National Park Service Birthday

  • September 26, 2015
    National Public Lands Day
  • November 11, 2015
    Veterans Day

Making the fun even more affordable, many national park concessionaires are joining the National Park Service in welcoming visitors with their own special offers.

Here’s a tip – many of your national parks NEVER charge an entrance fee. So start Planning Your Visit!

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

About the Author

Alicia is a South Dakota native with family roots in Beresford. She attended Augustana University in Sioux Falls—a year of which she spent studying in Norway and traveling throughout Europe. She acquired her degree in Sociology and International Studies. Despite her love of travel, she and her husband have thoroughly enjoyed making Rapid City their home. She satisfies her wanderlust by soaking up the beautiful scenery and historic treasures that the Hills have to offer.

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