Get Outside With 16 Days Of Fee-Free Access To National Parks In 2016


Celebrate The National Park Service Centennial In 2016 With 16 Days Of Fee-Free Access To National Parks

In honor of the 100th birthday of the National Park Service, the NPS is offering 16 days of fee-free access to all US National Parks – including an entire week of fee-free days during National Parks Week which is celebrated April 16-24, 2016. Get outside and enjoy this opportunity.

2016 National Park Service Fee-Free Days:

Arches National Park | Pixabay Image
Arches National Park
  • January 18 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • April 16-24 – National Park Week
  • August 25-28 – National Park Service Birthday Weekend
  • September 24 – National Public Lands Day
  • November 11 – Veterans Day

According to the, only 127 national parks usually charge an entrance fee. The rest are free all of the time. Fee free days cover, “entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.”

Find out which parks are participating in these fee free days here.

The National Park Service was created on August 25, 1916 by Congress. President Woodrow Wilson signed the bill creating an agency that would “conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and wildlife therein, and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.”

Glacier National Park, Montana | Pixabay
Glacier National Park, Montana

Today the National Park Service is managed by the Department of the Interior and is responsible for over 400+ sites, including national parks, monuments, battlefields, military parks, historical parks, historic sites, lakeshores, seashores, recreation areas, scenic rivers and trails, and the White House. Learn more about the National Park Service at

Yellowstone National Park | Pixabay Image
Yellowstone National Park

Meanwhile in Canada: Parks Canada will offer free admission to all national parks for all visitors for the entire 2017 calendar year to celebrate the nation’s 150th birthday. (

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