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National Park Service Announces ‘Entrance Fee Free Days’ for 2024

Each year, the National Park Service offers entrance-free days to promote outdoor recreational activities and help provide more access to the outdoors.

It’s one of my favorite things they do, as it lowers the barrier to entry for some who may not be financially able to visit.

The jagged peaks of Denali National Park.
Photo Credit: Alec Sills-Trausch

In 2024, the NPS announced the following days will be free to enter:

Which days are entrance fee-free days in 2024 for the National Parks?

  • January 15 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • April 20 – First Day of National Park Week 
  • June 19 – Juneteenth
  • August 4 – Great American Outdoors Day
  • September 28 – National Public Lands Day
  • November 11 – Veterans Day
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“National parks are places that awaken senses, inspire curiosity, encourage reflection, and foster joy,” National Park Service Director Chuck Sams said. “The entrance fee-free days expand opportunities for people to visit their national parks and experience the beauty and history of our country.”


If you’re looking to visit multiple National Park Service locations in a single year, I strongly recommend getting the America the Beautiful Pass. You can get these at park entrances or at REI.com.

Curious about what to do at the national parks? Check out my National Parks page, which includes hiking and itinerary guides.

Looking into the grand canyon from the south rim. The trail switchbacks up the side of the canyon.
Photo Credit: Alec Sills-Trausch

Until next time, adventurers, stay safe.

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Author: Alec Sills-Trausch

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Expertise: Hiking, Backpacking, Photography, and Road Trips

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Alec Sills-Trausch is a hiker, backpacker, landscape photographer, and syndicated travel writer. He enjoys showing off the beauty of the world through his photos, videos, and written work on ExploreWithAlec.com. Alec is also a 2x cancer survivor and bone marrow transplant recipient, showing the world that there is a future from this terrible disease.

He lives in Washington, where he gets to enjoy the stunning PNW mountains in addition to all the other places he attempts to visit each year! You can see more work on IG at @AlecOutside