Time outdoors is supposed to be good for your mental and physical wellbeing—especially when it’s free. The National Park Service has announced that it’s waiving admission fees for all national parks on these days throughout 2022:
- Saturday, April 16 – First Day of National Park Week
- Thursday, August 4 – Anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act
- Saturday, September 24 – National Public Lands Day
- Friday, November 11 – Veterans Day
The initiative is meant to encourage discovery and visitation of the country’s variety of national parks, the National Park Service said in a press release.
Not all national parks have an entrance fee. Approximately 110 out of America’s 400 national parks require a payment ranging from $5 to $35 for entrance. Parks that require fees tend to be the more popular ones, such as Yellowstone, South Dakota’s Badlands National Park, and Alaska’s Denali National Park, among others.
On the above days, those fees will not apply. But it should be noted that on the free admission days, visitors will still have to pay for activities, including camping, boat launches, and special tours.
“Whether on an entrance fee-free day or throughout the year, we encourage everyone to discover their national parks and the benefits that come from spending time outdoors,” said National Park Service Director Chuck Sams in the press release. “National parks are for everyone and we are committed to increasing access and providing opportunities for all to experience the sense of wonder, awe, and refreshment that comes with a visit to these treasured landscapes and sites.”
National park attendance records were shattered in 2021, with Yellowstone National Park seeing some of the highest numbers out of any of the parks. In August, the park admitted a staggering 921,844 visitors, according to the National Park Service.