The U.S. National Parks Will Have 10 Days of Free Admission in 2017

by Christopher Tkaczyk January 5, 2017   Travel And Leisure - http://www.travelandleisure.com

Here are the 137 national parks, monuments, and recreation areas that will waive entrance fees. 

The U.S. National Park Service has announced the dates when all of its sites will offer free admission this year. Most of the days fall on or around a weekend, which helps to make a perfect three-day trip.

With more than 400 national parks, monuments, and historical sites to discover, there’s no shortage of places to visit. While 137 sites typically charge admission, entrance fees will be waived on these 10 days in 2017.

  • Monday, January 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Monday, February 20: Presidents Day
  • Saturday and Sunday, April 15-16 and 22-23: Weekends of National Park Week
  • Friday, August 25: National Park Service Birthday
  • Saturday, September 30: National Public Lands Day
  • Saturday and Sunday, November 11-12: Veterans Day Weekend

Don’t want to wait? Opt for an $80 annual pass. The U.S. National Park Service has multiple passes available, depending on your qualifications. Seniors 62 years and older can buy a lifetime pass for just $10.

Here are the 137 National Park Service sites that usually charge entrance fees.



  • Casa Grande Ruins National Monument
  • Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Lake Mead National Recreation Area
  • Montezuma Castle National Monument
  • Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
  • Petrified Forest National
  • Park Pipe Spring National Monument
  • Saguaro National Park
  • Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument
  • Tonto National Monument
  • Tumacácori National Historical Park
  • Tuzigoot National Monument
  • Walnut Canyon National Monument
  • Wupatki National Monument
  • Read: A Guide to the National Parks of Arizona.


  • Fort Smith National Historic Site
  • Pea Ridge National Military Park


  • Cabrillo National Monument
  • Death Valley National Park
  • Joshua Tree National Park
  • Lassen Volcanic National Park
  • Lava Beds National Monument
  • Muir Woods National Monument
  • Pinnacles National Park
  • San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
  • Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks
  • Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
  • Yosemite National Park
  • Read: A Guide to California’s National Parks.


  • Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
  • Colorado National Monument
  • Dinosaur National Monument
  • Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
  • Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
  • Mesa Verde National Park
  • Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Read: The 3 Best National Parks To Visit in Colorado.



  • Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area
  • Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park
  • Cumberland Island National Seashore
  • Fort Pulaski National Monument



  • Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve
  • Yellowstone National Park


  • Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial


  • Acadia National Park


  • Antietam National Battlefield
  • Assateague Island National Seashore
  • Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park
  • Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine
  • Fort Washington Park
  • Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
  • Massachusetts Adams National Historical Park
  • Cape Cod National Seashore



  • Pipestone National Monument


  • Gulf Islands National Seashore
  • Vicksburg National Military Park


  • Harry S. Truman National Historic Site
  • Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
  • Wilson's Creek National Battlefield


  • Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area
  • Glacier National Park
  • Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument
  • Yellowstone National Park


  • Scotts Bluff National Monument


  • Death Valley National Park
  • Lake Mead National Recreation Area

New Hampshire

  • Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site

New Jersey

  • Thomas Edison National Historical Park
  • Morristown National Historical Park

New Mexico

  • Aztec Ruins National Monument
  • Bandelier National Monument
  • Capulin Volcano National Monument
  • Carlsbad Caverns National Park
  • Chaco Culture National Historical Park
  • Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument
  • White Sands National Monument
  • Valles Caldera National Preserve
  • Read: A Guide to New Mexico’s National Parks.

New York

  • Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site
  • Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site
  • Martin Van Buren National Historic Site
  • Sagamore Hill National Historic Site
  • Saratoga National Historical Park
  • Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site

North Carolina

  • Wright Brothers National Memorial

North Dakota

  • Theodore Roosevelt National Park


  • James A. Garfield National Historic Site
  • Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial


  • Fort Smith National Historic Site



  • Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site
  • Fort Necessity National Battlefield
  • Johnstown Flood National Memorial
  • Steamtown National Historic Site

Puerto Rico

  • San Juan National Historic Site

South Carolina

  • Fort Sumter National Monument

South Dakota


  • Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park



Virgin Islands

  • Christiansted National Historic Site


  • Appomattox Court House National Historical Park
  • Assateague Island National Seashore
  • Colonial National Historical Park
  • George Washington Memorial Parkway's Great Falls Park
  • Prince William Forest Park
  • Shenandoah National Park


West Virginia

  • Harpers Ferry National Historical Park


  • Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area
  • Devils Tower National Monument
  • Grand Teton National Park
  • Yellowstone National Park
AuthorJames Gerdes