National Parks’ free entrance day

Volunteer at Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah. (NPS)

A National Parks’ free entrance day is  April 17, the opening day of National Park Week.  And, with no entry fee, visitors will be flocking to more than 400 national parks.

RVers Julianne G. Crane and Jimmy Smith near Bryce Canyon’s Sunset Point (Marcel Robicheaux).

National Park Week “encourages the public to explore the vast network of our national parks, sacred sites, historical landmarks, as well as our shared heritage contained within them.” One great place for breathtaking views are the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah.

National Parks are highly popular destinations. With millions of visitors annually, there are increasing “widespread soil erosion and negative trampling from foot and auto traffic,” writes Christopher Ketcham in his Harper’s article, “The Business of Scenery.”

Therefore, if you are a fan of national parks consider Getting Involved on your next visit. For more information on how to volunteer, check out an article on I wrote for

Other National Parks’ free entrance days in 2021 included: Aug. 4 (One year anniversary of the Great American Outdoor Act).  Aug 25 (the National Park Service Birthday). Sept. 25 (National Public Lands Day). And Nov. 11 (Veterans Day).

*Fee waiver includes entrance fees. It does not cover fees for camping, boat launches, transportation, or special tours.

Click here for camping information.

Julianne G. Crane

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