Free Entrance Day in the National Parks | Black Hills & Badlands Events

Free Entrance Day in the National Parks

  • Free Entrance Day in the National Parks
Event Date: 
Saturday, September 23, 2023 (All day)

Come experience the national parks! On five days in 2023, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone. Mark your calendar for these entrance fee–free dates in 2023:

January 16 – Martin Luther King Jr Day  

April 22 – First day of  National Park Week  

August 4 – Great American Outdoors Day  

September 23 – National Public Lands Day   

November 11 – Veterans Day  

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 national parks that normally charge an entrance fee. The others are free all the time. The entrance fee waiver for fee-free days does not cover amenity or user fees for activities such as camping, boat launches, transportation, or special tours.

The annual America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass allows unlimited entrance to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including all national parks that normally charge an entrance fee. There are also free or discounted passes available for senior citizens, current members of the military, families of fourth-grade students, and disabled citizens. Learn more about the variety of passes offered by the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass series.

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