5 days in 2023 when all US national parks are free

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Put these dates in your diaries. Over 400 US national parks are free to visit on five days this year

Visiting one of America’s iconic national parks is always a great idea and it’s even sweeter when it’s free. The National Park Service (NPS) has announced five days in 2023 when entrance fees will be waived at every site around the USA

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Calin Tatu/Shutterstock Zion National Park usually charges a fee

There are over 400 NPS-managed sites across the US representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the unincorporated territories of American Samoa, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. The list includes all 63 national parks as well as hundreds of other units such as national monuments, historic sites, preserves, reserves, rivers, parkways and recreation areas.

“National parks are America’s best idea, and there are more than 400 parks available to everyone, every day. The fee-free days provide a great opportunity to visit a new place or an old favourite, especially one of the national parks that normally charge an entrance fee.”


While most NPS sites are free to enter year-round, many of the most famous – and most visited – national parks charge an entrance fee. In recent years, America’s public lands have reported record numbers of visitors which forced several national parks to introduce reservation systems to counteract the unsustainable rise.

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cb_travel/Shutterstock Joshua Tree National Park will go fee-free

While some national parks have lifted their reservation systems, others will still be in place during the fee-free days and are likely to be even busier than usual. Use the NPS website to plan your visit and check whether you will need to make a reservation.

Fee-free days

  1. January 16: Birthday of Martin Luther King Jr.
  2. April 22: First day of National Park Week
  3. August 4: Anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act
  4. September 23: National Public Lands Day
  5. November 11: Veterans Day

Fee-free US national parks

The following 109 NPS-managed sites usually charge a fee but will be waiving it on the five nationally designated days this year. Those not on the list below are already free.

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  1. Acadia National Park, Maine
  2. Adams National Historical Park, Massachusetts
  3. Antietam National Battlefield, Maryland
  4. Arches National Park, Utah
  5. Assateague Island National Seashore, Maryland-Virginia
  6. Badlands National Park, South Dakota
  7. Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico
  8. Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site, Colorado
  9. Big Bend National Park, Texas
  10. Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Colorado
  11. Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
  12. Cabrillo National Monument, California
  13. Canaveral National Seashore, Florida
  14. Canyonlands National Park, Utah
  15. Cape Cod National Seashore, Massachusetts
  16. Capitol Reef National Park, Utah
  17. Capulin Volcano National Monument, New Mexico
  18. Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico
  19. Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, Florida
  20. Cedar Breaks National Monument, Utah
  21. Chaco Culture National Historical Park, New Mexico
  22. Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, Georgia
  23. Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, Maryland-West Virginia-DC
  24. Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, Georgia-Tennessee
  25. Christiansted National Historic Site, Virgin Islands
Fort Jefferson in Dry Tortugas National Park – one of the US national parks that are free
Varina C/Shutterstock Historic Fort Jefferson in Dry Tortugas
  1. Colonial National Historical Park, Virginia
  2. Colorado National Monument, Colorado
  3. Crater Lake National Park, Oregon
  4. Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve, Idaho
  5. Cumberland Island National Seashore, Georgia
  6. Death Valley National Park, California-Nevada
  7. Denali National Park & Preserve, Alaska
  8. Devils Tower National Monument, Wyoming
  9. Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado-Utah
  10. Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida
  11. Everglades National Park, Florida
  12. Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Colorado
  13. Fort Davis National Historic Site, Texas
  14. Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, Maryland
  15. Fort Pulaski National Monument, Georgia
  16. Fort Smith National Historic Site, Arkansas-Oklahoma
  17. Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Historical Park, South Carolina
  18. Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Oregon-Washington
  19. Gateway Arch National Park, Missouri
  20. George Washington Memorial Parkway’s Great Falls Park, Virginia
  21. Glacier National Park, Montana
  22. Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Arizona-Utah
  23. Golden Spike National Historical Park, Utah
  24. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
  25. Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Reflected Lake in Grand Teton – one of the US national parks that are free
zijin/Shutterstock Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park
  1. Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, Colorado
  2. Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas
  3. Gulf Islands National Seashore, Florida-Mississippi
  4. Haleakalā National Park, Hawaii
  5. Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, West Virginia-Virginia-Maryland
  6. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii
  7. Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site, New York
  8. Hovenweep National Monument, Colorado-Utah
  9. Indiana Dunes National Park, Indiana
  10. Isle Royale National Park, Michigan
  11. Joshua Tree National Park, California
  12. Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, Georgia
  13. Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Arizona-Nevada
  14. Lassen Volcanic National Park, California
  15. Lava Beds National Monument, California
  16. Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, Oregon, Washington
  17. Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, Montana
  18. Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado
  19. Montezuma Castle National Monument, Arizona
  20. Mount Rainier National Park, Washington
  21. Muir Woods National Monument, California
  22. Natural Bridges National Monument, Utah
  23. Olympic National Park, Washington
  24. Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona
  25. Padre Island National Seashore, Texas
Petrified Forest is one of the US national parks that are freeon
Ekaterina Pokrovsky/Shutterstock Petrified Forest National Park will be free on five days this year
  1. Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial, Ohio
  2. Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona
  3. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan
  4. Pinnacles National Park, California
  5. Pipe Spring National Monument, Arizona
  6. Pipestone National Monument, Minnesota
  7. Prince William Forest Park, Virginia
  8. Pu’uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park, Hawaii
  9. Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
  10. Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, New York
  11. Saguaro National Park, Arizona
  12. Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park, New Hampshire
  13. San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, California
  14. San Juan National Historic Site, Puerto Rico
  15. Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, California
  16. Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
  17. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan
  18. Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, Arizona
  19. Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota
  20. Thomas Edison National Historical Park, New Jersey
  21. Tonto National Monument, Arizona
  22. Tumacácori National Historical Park, Arizona
  23. Tuzigoot National Monument, Arizona
  24. Valles Caldera National Preserve, New Mexico
  25. Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site, New York
Yellowstone is one of the US national parks that are free
Wisanu Boonrawd/Shutterstock Yellowstone will be free on five days this year
  1. Vicksburg National Military Park, Mississippi, Louisiana
  2. Walnut Canyon National Monument, Arizona
  3. Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, California
  4. White Sands National Park, New Mexico
  5. Wright Brothers National Memorial, North Carolina
  6. Wupatki National Monument, Arizona
  7. Yellowstone National Park, Idaho-Montana-Wyoming
  8. Yosemite National Park, California
  9. Zion National Park, Utah

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