The United States is home to more than 400 national park sites, which boast the country’s natural splendors including mountain ranges and unmatched rock formations, lakes and glaciers, stunning valleys, wildlife and more, while providing miles of hiking and camping opportunities for those who wish to explore them.
If you’re looking for the adventure of witnessing the beauty of these parks yourself, then 2023 could be your year. The National Park Service (NPS) announced that it is waiving entrance fees for all parks on five days of 2023 to increase park access, promote outdoor recreation and encourage Americans to venture out and explore the country’s National Parks and designated national sites.
“National parks are really amazing places and we want everyone to experience them,” said National Park Service Director Chuck Sams. “The entrance fee-free days encourage people to discover the beauty, history and inspiration awaiting them in more than 400 national parks throughout the country.”
Here are the free entrance dates to look out for in 2023:
- January 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- April 12: First Day of National Park Week
- August 4: Anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act
- September 23: National Public Lands Day
- November 11: Veterans Day
Additionally, frequent visitors of national parks can purchase the $80 annual America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass, which allows unlimited access into more than 2,000 federally-managed recreational areas across the country, including all national parks.
For more information about passes, entrance fees and park hours, visit nps.gov.