Nt'l Park Service Free Entrance Days and Washington's Park Sites

By Kyrie Collins, Highlands Ranch-Parker-Castle Rock-Lone Tree Publisher January 7, 2021

Combine great scenery and history with great savings and visit a national park, historic site, or national monument for free on one of six free entrance days scheduled for this year.

The remaining Free Entrance Days for 2021 will be:

  1. April 17: First Day of National Park Week
  2. August 4: One-year Anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act
  3. August 25: National Park Service Birthday
  4. September 25: National Public Lands Day
  5. November 11: Veterans Day

  National Park Superlatives
  Where you'll find the:• Highest Point: Denali National Park
• Lowest Point: Death Valley National Park
• Deepest Lake: Crater National Park
• Longest Cave: Mammoth Cave National Park
• Tallest Trees: Redwood National Park
• Highest Waterfall: Yosemite National Park

The National Park System includes more than 84 million acres, comprised of parks, historical sites, monuments, recreation areas, battlefields, and seashores.

Normally, 125 of America's 400+ areas in the National Park System charge an entrance fee that ranges from $3 to $30. 

The entrance fee waiver does not cover amenities or user fees for things like camping, boat launches, transportation, or special tours.

Washington State's sites, monuments, and parks in the National Park Service include:

(See for more information on each location)

In addition, any fourth-grade student can get a free annual pass through the Every Kid Outdoors program, and active duty military and citizens with a permanent disability can also get free passes.

To continue the national park adventure beyond free entrance days, the annual $80 America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Pass allows unlimited entrance to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including all national parks.

More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. 

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