Start planning now to take advantage of fee-free days.
The National Park Service announced four days in 2018 will be fee-free. They are as follows:
- 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
These free days will apply for the 118 parks that usually charge entrance fees. The larger, more notable parks like Yellowstone or Yosemite are usually the ones that charge a fee.
The NPS does note these days do not cover things like fees for boat launching, tours or camping.
"National parks connect all of us with our country's amazing nature, culture and history," National Park Service Deputy Director Michael T. Reynolds said in a press release. "The days that we designate as fee-free for national parks mark opportunities for the public to participate in service projects, enjoy ranger-led programs, or just spend time with family and friends exploring these diverse and special places. We hope that these fee-free days offer visitors an extra incentive to enjoy their national parks in 2018."
If you were looking for an excuse to hit a national park this year, but wanted to save a little money, this sounds like the way to do it!