Here's When the Next National Parks Free Admission Day Will Be

This week you'll be able to enter the parks for free on one specific day.

The National Park Service is back with some good news for roadtrippers and national parks enthusiasts. National Park Week, which extends from April 20 to April 28, is coming up soon, and the NPS is ready to celebrate.

Outdoors enthusiasts will be be happy to know that the next free admission day of 2024 is just around the corner. On Saturday, April 20, in honor of National Park Week, you'll be able to visit all the national parks across the US without paying an entrance ticket.

If you can't make it on April 20, don't worry—below are the other four free admission days scheduled this year. Check them out below:

  • June 19, 2024: Juneteenth
  • August 4, 2024: Great American Outdoors Day
  • September 28, 2024: National Public Lands Day
  • November 11, 2024: Veterans Day


Already booked in 2024 on these dates? More than 300 parks across the country are free to enter every day. And if you have to open up your wallet, the cost to enter parks that have entrance fees range from $10 to $35. Other parks now require reservations due to their popularity, and those parks typically charge a small processing fee to support the maintenance of their online reservation systems.

If you do end up paying a fee, you can rest easy knowing you gave back to the land you enjoyed, since 80 to 100% of entrance funds stay in the park where they are collected. That money helps support a variety of visitor services, from restoring wildlife habitats to upgrading facilities, enhancing accessibility for all travelers and much more.

And a heads up before you travel: the fee-free days only apply to entrance fees to the national parks. If you want to camp, take a paid tour or utilize other amenities, expect to pay user fees.

Not sure which park to visit during next year’s free days? Thrillist has compiled a list of the most popular national parks, the most underrated national parks, the best national parks to visit in winter, perfect for escaping those mid-January winter blues.

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