As has become a National Parks Service tradition, there will be five free entry days for all US national parks in 2020. If your resolution was to do more hiking, explore more of the country, or spend more time outdoors, you’ll probably want to take note of these dates:
- January 20 (Martin Luther King Day)
- April 18 (First day of National Park Week)
- August 25 (National Park Service’s birthday)
- September 26 (National Public Lands Day)
- November 11 (Veterans Day)
When you visit national parks on any of these days, you will be able to enter without paying an entry fee, which could save you up to $35 per vehicle. And this doesn’t just apply to the big names like Yellowstone and Yosemite but any of the 419 parks in the US national park system.
Although the parks themselves will be free to enter, fees for amenities like boat launches, transportation, and camping will still apply.
If you plan on visiting multiple parks throughout the year — and not just on the dates above — you should probably consider the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass, which costs $80 and grants unlimited entry to over 2,000 federal recreation areas, including national parks and wildlife refuges.