Each year the National Park Service designates several days when everyone can enjoy our national parks without paying an entrance fee. In 2017 those dates are:
- January 16, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
- February 20: President's Day
- April 15, 16 and 22, 23, Weekends of National Park Week
- August 25, National Park Service Birthday
- September 30, National Public Lands Day
- November 11, 12, Veterans Day Weekend
The fee waiver includes 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. There are 15 nationals parks, historic sites and recreational areas in Arizona that are managed by the National Park Service that offer free admission on those specific dates. Several of them are within a couple of hours drive from Phoenix. They are:
- 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
- Tumacacori National Historical Park
- Tuzigoot National Monument
- Walnut Canyon National Monument
Did you know that there are three national parks in Arizona that do not require an admission charge at any time? They are:
- Canyon de Chelly National Monument
- Coronado National Memorial
- Navajo National Monument
Some lucky folks can gain free or discounted admission to Arizona's national parks all year long.
- Fourth grade students can get a free annual pass through the Every Kid in a Park program.
- Active duty military can get free passes.
- Citizens with a permanent disability can get free passes.
- Seniors ages 62 and older can get a lifetime pass for a small fee.
For more information about the Free Entrance Days at National parks all over the U.S., visit the National Park Service online.
All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.