There are more than 400 National Park Service sites nationwide, with at least one in every state.
The fee-free days continue a tradition of FREE admission days to increase access, promote recreational opportunities, improve visitor facilities and conserve natural and historical treasures in national parks, for the benefit and enjoyment of the American people and also foreign visitors to the USA and to our national park sites.
Approximately 100 charge an entrance fee, with costs ranging from $5 to $35. The other 300-plus national parks sites do not have entrance fees.
On admission free days, only the admission is free.
The fee waiver does not cover amenity or user fees for camping, boat launches, transportation, special tours, or other activities such as IMAX theaters.
Admission free dates for 2023 are:
January 16 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
April 22 – First Day of National Park Week and also Earth Day
August 4 – Great American Outdoors Day
September 23 – National Public Lands Day
November 11 – Veterans Day
Timed Entry Requirements at Some National Parks
Some more popular national parks now require advance reservations.
Always check the National Park Service website for the specific rules about the location you want to visit.
Timed Entry for Arches National Park
Visiting Arches between April 1 through October 31, 2023? You’ll need a Timed Entry Ticket to enter the park.
Tickets for April 2023 will go live on Recreation.gov beginning at 8 am MST on January 10, 2023.
The park will release tickets three months in advance in monthly blocks. Reservations will be required from 7 am to 4 pm daily and will cost $2 per reservation. For those without an early reservation, some next-day tickets will be available at 6 pm daily.
For more information, including a complete schedule of ticket releases, visit go.nps.gov/ArchesTicket.
After the success of the 2022 pilot program, the NPS expects timed entry to continue to reduce congestion, provide more reliable park access, and improve visitor experiences—all while protecting Arches’ extraordinary landscape.
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- U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service,
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- Bureau of Reclamation,
- U.S. Forest Service,
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
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