National Park Service announces entrance fee-free days for 2022

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WASHINGTON — The National Park Service will have five entrance fee-free days in 2022.

The free admission days are designed to encourage discover and visitation of the country’s variety of national parks.

“Whether on an entrance fee-free day or throughout the year, we encourage everyone to discover their national parks and the benefits that come from spending time outdoors,” said National Park Service Director Chuck Sams. “National parks are for everyone and we are committed to increasing access and providing opportunities for all to experience the sense of wonder, awe and refreshment that comes with a visit to these treasured landscapes and sites.”

The free entrance dates for 2022 are:

  • Monday, January 17 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Saturday, April 16 – First Day of National Park Week
  • Thursday, August 4 – Anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act
  • Saturday, September 24 – National Public Lands Day
  • Friday, November 11 – Veterans Day

According to a release from the NPS, the entrance fee waiver for the fee-free days applies only to National Park Service entrance fees and does not cover amenity or user fees for activities such as camping, boat launches, transportation or special tours.

Visitors are encouraged to begin their trip to a national park by visiting or the NPS app to help plan and prepare.

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