Fee Free National Park Days for 2013 Announced
There are currently 398 parks which are part of the national park system. While 265 of these parks are free of charge to enter all year around, 133 parks in the system do charge a fee. Many of the parks which do charge a fee are the most popular national parks such as Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon and Yosemite.
Each year the National Parks Service announces a few days during the year when entrance to all national parks is free of charge. The following are the eleven national parks fee free days for 2013:
Martin Luther King Jr. Day: January 21
National Parks Week: April 22 – 26
Get Outdoors Day: June 8
National Public Lands Day: September 28
Veterans Day Weekend: November 9 – 11
The number of fee free days this year is down from 17 in 2012. This year Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a single day rather than the entire weekend, and National Parks Week covers only five days while it covered nine days in 2012.
It's important to note that the fee free days only apply to the entrance fees to the parks. Other fees such as camping, tours and reservations are not waived on these days. It may be possible to find discounts on these other services as many companies run promotions that coincide with the national park fee free days.
In addition to all the parks in the national parks system, other federal lands such as national forest also participate in these fee free days. When these other federal lands are included, there are over 2000 federal lands that can be visited free of charge.
(Photo Source: NPB)