Beginning with MLK Day, 10 free days at 2,000+ National Parks, public lands sites in 2017
Kicking off its second century, the National Park Services opens its doors free on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 16. All together there will be 10 *free entrance days to more than 2,000 National Parks, national forests, national wildlife refuges, and other federal lands.
America’s “national parks, wildlife refuges, forests and other public lands offer every American a place to get outdoors, learn about our nation’s history and culture, and restore our spirits.” By providing free admission, all Americans can visit and enjoy these extraordinary treasures that belong to all of us.
So, take out your calendars and mark the following entrance fee-free dates in 2017:
- January 16
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
- February 20
- April 15-16 and 22-23
Weekends of National Park Week
- August 25
National Park Service Birthday
- September 30
National Public Lands Day
- November 11-12
Veterans Day Weekend
* “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.”
Additionally, active duty military members and their dependents are eligible for a free annual pass that provides entrance to lands managed by the National Park Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and the U.S. Forest Service. The America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Program also offers a free lifetime pass for people with disabilities, a $10 lifetime Senior Pass for those age 62 and over, and an $80 annual pass for the general public.
Photos: (Top) Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Utah. (Julianne G. Crane). (Bottom) Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial, Washington, D. C. (Source National Park Service)