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NPS announces fee-free days

NPS announces fee-free days

The National Park Service will waive admission on five days in 2022, aiming to encourage discovery and visitation of the country’s variety of national parks. 

Fee-free days are scheduled for Saturday, April 16, for the first day of National Park Week; Thursday, Aug. 4, for the anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act; Saturday, Sept. 24, for National Public Lands Day; and Friday, Nov. 11, for Veterans Day. 

“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,” said National Park Service Director Chuck Sams.

Out of the more than 400 National Park Service units, about 110 have admission fees, which range from $5 to $35. Fee money stays in the Park Service, with 80-100% remaining in the park where it was collected. In 2020, $170 million was collected in NPS entrance fees. 

The fee-free day waiver applies only to entrance fees and does not cover additional fees such as camping, transportation or special tours. 

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