National Parks Fee-Free Days for 2020

by Lauren Braden on January 4, 2020

in Camping and Outdoors

Free Admission Days to National Parks in 2018

On a budget?  Our National Parks offer free admission days for 2020. The number of fee-free days has been reduced from ten days under the Obama administration to only five days under the Trump administration, so you’ll definitely want these days marked on your calendars!

Free U.S. National Park Admission Days for 2020

January 20: Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
April 18: First day of National Park Week
August 25: National Park Service Birthday
September 26: National Public Lands Day
November 11: Veterans Day

Note: The waiver of the fee applies only to entrance fees. It does not include fees for camping or other special uses.


Which Parks to Visit?

In the Pacific Northwest, we have four major national parks:

Mount Rainier National Park (Washington) – Find out when you’ll enjoy Peak Wildflower Season at Mt. Rainier National Park

North Cascades National Park (Washington) – Read about our Favorite Hike in North Cascades National Park

Olympic National Park (Washington) – Check out our Road Trip Around Olympic National Park

Crater Lake National Park (Oregon) – Read about Off-Season Fun at Crater Lake National Park

There are dozens of other sites — national monuments, historical parks and preserves  — that are managed by the National Park Service.

Some of these other sites are always fee-free, such as the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument (Oregon). Others require an entrance fee, including Mount. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument and the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center.

The annual $80 America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass allows unlimited entrance to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including all national parks that normally charge an entrance fee. There are also free or discounted passes available for senior citizens, current members of the military, families of fourth-grade students, and disabled citizens. Learn more about the variety of passes offered by the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass series.


photo: Cascade Pass Trail, courtesy of North Cascades National Park
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