National Park Entrance Fee-Free Days in 2016


In 2016 the National Park Service turns 100 years old. Such a momentous occasion must be marked with an event or events that are just as noteworthy as the number of years they are celebrating. The National Park Service has just announced that they would like all of us to join them in celebrating during 16 entrance fee -free days in 2016. Any of the parks that charge an entrance fee will be waived for everyone during the selected days .

Mark your calendar for these entrance fee–free dates in 2016:

  • January 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • April 16 through 24: National Park Week
  • August 25 through 28: National Park Service Birthday
  • September 24: National Public Lands Day
  • November 11: Veterans Day

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.

With  409 available parks for people to choose from the fee-free days provide a great opportunity to visit a new place or revisit an old favorite. There are 127 national parks that normally charge an entrance fee that will be entrance fee-free. The others are free all of the time.  Plan your visit ahead of time and enjoy the great outdoors.

To learn more about the fee-free days and other birthday plans please visit the National Parks Service website.

Adam Nutting relishes being an avid backpacker, hiker, and all-around adventure junkie. While he currently spends his time hiking in the backcountry of southern Arizona, he grew up in Missouri, where he was naturally inclined to spend as much time as he could outdoors. Adam’s passion for the outdoors grew as he climbed the ranks of the Cub Scouts and the Boy Scouts, eventually attaining the rank of Eagle Scout.

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