The National Park Service has announced its free entrance days for the new year

You Can Visit National Parks for Free in 2019—but Only on These Days
Thomas J. Story

Planning a trip to a national park? Score a free entrance if you head to the park on one of the National Park Service’s five free entrance days in 2019. The fee-free days also apply to national monuments like Muir Woods.

The fee-free days are:

  • January 21 (Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.)
  • April 20 (First day of National Park Week)
  • August 25 (National Park Service Birthday)
  • September 28 (National Public Lands Day)
  • November 11 (Veterans Day)

If you have a big family or have your eye on a pricier national park (some entrance fees range as high as $35 per vehicle, and some park fees will rise in both 2019 and 2020), these free days can make your visit more affordable than ever. However, they’re also days that the parks will be much more popular, so you might want to consider the crowds when choosing your adventure.

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Free entrance entails a waiver for entrance fee costs; amenity or user fees for activities like camping, boating launches, or special tours are not covered.

Not sure which national park to visit in 2019? Check out our national park guides for inspiration, day trip ideas, and glimpses of the most jaw-dropping views throughout the parks.

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