Beginning with MLK Day, the first of 4 free days at 2,000+ National Parks, public lands sites in 2018


Arches_Delicate_JulianneGCraneThe National Park Services has cut it popular *free entrance days by 60-percent this year.  In 2018 there will be only four, down from 10 in 2017.

This year the first admission free day is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 15.  

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 public treasures that belong to all of us, the public.

MLK-statue_NPSSo, take out your calendars and mark the following entrance fee-free dates in 2018:

  • January 15 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • April 21 – First Day of National Park Week
  • September 22 – National Public Lands Day
  • November 11 – Veterans Day
  • * “Normally, 118 of the 417 national parks charge an entrance fee. The other 299 national parks do not have entrance fees. The entrance fee waiver for the fee-free days does not cover amenity or user fees for activities such as camping, boat launches, transportation, or special tours.”

    Last year, 331 million people visited national parks spending $18.4 billion which supported 318,000 jobs across the country and had a $35 billion impact on the U.S. economy.

    — Julianne G. Crane

    Photos: (Top) Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Utah. (Julianne G. Crane). (Bottom) Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial, Washington, D. C. (National Park Service)

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