2020’s Free Entrance Days in the National Parks

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Our national park system has 419 amazing national parks and other units.  Thankfully only about a quarter of those parks require an entrance fee**. National Park entrance fees range widely from $5 per person to $35 for a car full of people.  Each year, National Park Service does a five National Parks fee-free days.  On these days, NPS offers free entrance to national parks to everyone who shows up.

There at National Parks in all 50 states and many of the territories.  These parks can range from small historical sites to the massive national parks.  It doesn’t matter where in the United States you live, you are within a couple of hours drive of a National Park Service site.  Even if the park is normally fee, check the park’s website for any special events on these days.

The national parks tend to be the crowdest during these times and if you are looking to explore the parks more than on the free entrance days, consider getting the America the Beautiful Annual Pass. This Pass is $80 and covers entrance fees for the pass holder and up to three adults. The pass pays for itself in 3 national park visits.

** This does not include parks that charge extra fees like guided tours, special tours, camping or transportation fees.  Also, these fees are not covered by the Americas the Beautiful Pass.

2019 National Park Fee Free Days

  • Monday, January 20, 2020 – Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday
  • Saturday, April 18, 2020 – First day of National Park Week
  • Tuesday, August 25, 2020 – National Park Service Birthday
  • Saturday, September 26, 2020 – National Public Lands Day
  • Wednesday, November 11, 2020 – Veterans Day

As great as these fee-free days are, please consider leaving a small donation when you visit on these days.  Currently, the National Park Service has about 12 billion dollars in backlog maintenance.  This is money just to maintain the existing infrastructure of the parks, let alone doing anything like building visitor centers at a few of the new sites.  It is estimated the fee-free days cost NPS about a half-million dollars per day.

If you are working on visiting all 61 National Parks be sure to get your free National Park Checklist.

National Parks Participating in Free National Park Day

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  • Casa Grande Ruins National Monument
  • Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Lake Mead National Recreation Area
  • Montezuma Castle National Monument
  • Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
  • Petrified Forest National Park
  • Pipe Spring National Monument
  • Saguaro National Park
  • Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument
  • Tonto National Monument
  • Tumacácori National Historical Park
  • Tuzigoot National Monument
  • Walnut Canyon National Monument
  • Wupatki National Monument


  • Fort Smith National Historic Site
  • Pea Ridge National Military Park





  • Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area
  • Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park
  • Cumberland Island National Seashore
  • Fort Pulaski National Monument





  • Antietam National Battlefield
  • Assateague Island National Seashore
  • Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park
  • Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine
  • Fort Washington Park
  • Harpers Ferry National Historical Park


  • Adams National Historical Park
  • Cape Cod National Seashore



  • Pipestone National Monument


  • Gulf Islands National Seashore
  • Vicksburg National Military Park


  • Harry S. Truman National Historic Site
  • Gateway Arch National Park (formerly Jefferson National Expansion Memorial)
  • Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield



  • Scotts Bluff National Monument


  • Death Valley National Park
  • Lake Mead National Recreation Area

New Hampshire

  • Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site

New Jersey

  • Thomas Edison National Historical Park

New Mexico

  • Bandelier National Monument
  • Capulin Volcano National Monument
  • Carlsbad Caverns National Park
  • Chaco Culture National Historical Park
  • Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument
  • Valles Caldera National Preserve
  • White Sands National Monument

New York

  • Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site
  • Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site
  • Sagamore Hill National Historic Site
  • Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site

North Carolina

  • Wright Brothers National Memorial

North Dakota


  • James A. Garfield National Historic Site
  • Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial


  • Fort Smith National Historic Site


Puerto Rico

  • San Juan National Historic Site

South Carolina

  • Fort Sumter National Monument

South Dakota

  • Badlands National Park
  • Jewel Cave National Monument


  • Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park



Virgin Islands

  • Christiansted National Historic Site


  • Assateague Island National Seashore
  • Colonial National Historical Park
  • George Washington Memorial Parkway’s Great Falls Park
  • Prince William Forest Park
  • Shenandoah National Park


West Virginia

  • Harpers Ferry National Historical Park


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