Here Are the National Park Fee-Free Days for 2023

Outdoor enthusiasts, start planning your 2023 adventures

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Outdoor enthusiasts, get ready to start planning your 2023 adventures. For five days this year, the National Park Service will waive entrance fees for all 423 parks, monuments, and memorials.

Even though you can visit most national parks for free at any given time, 107 NPS sites—including Acadia, Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Yellowstone, and Glacier national parks—charge admission fees ranging from $5 to $35 most days of the year. But if you plan accordingly, you can hit up America's most popular parks without worrying about this key cost.

The National Park Service fee-free days for 2023 include the following:

  • Jan. 16 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • April 22 – First day of National Park Week
  • Aug. 4 – Great American Outdoors Act anniversary
  • Sept. 23 – National Public Lands Day
  • Nov. 11 – Veterans Day

"National parks are really amazing places, and we want everyone to experience them," said NPS Director Chuck Sams in a statement. "The entrance fee-free days encourage people to discover the beauty, history, and inspiration awaiting them in more than 400 national parks throughout the country." 

While admission is covered, visitors should remember that the cost of activities and amenities such as camping, boat launches, transportation, and special tours will not be waived on any fee-free days.

The U.S. national parks saw 297 million people in 2021—60 million more people than in 2020. So, if that's any indication of what to expect in 2023, you might want to get a head start booking timed entry tickets to destinations such as Arches National Park (after a successful timed entry pilot program, the park will require entrance tickets from April 1 to Oct. 31) and Rocky National Park, and park attractions like Glacier's Going-to-the-Sun Road and Acadia's Cadillac Mountain. Want to avoid crowds? Consider planning a trip to one of the country's lesser-visited—but just as wow-worthy—parks like Lassen Volcanic National Park instead.

To see all the national parks participating in free entrance days in 2023, the complete list is available on the NPS website.

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  1. National Park Service. "Annual Visitation Statistics by Year."