The National Park Service has announced its free entrance days for 2020, starting with one that's right around the corner.
Per the service, parks that normally charge an entrance fee (ranging from $3 to $35) will offer free admission to all visitors on the five days, which are:
“Across the country, more than 400 national parks preserve significant natural and cultural areas, each one an important piece of our national identity and heritage,” National Park Service Deputy Director David Vela said in a statement. “Free entrance days serve as additional motivation for people to get outside and enjoy these places of inspiration and recreation.”
There are more than 400 parks available to everyone, every day. The National Park Service says that the fee-free days provide a great opportunity to visit a new place or an old favorite, especially one of the national parks that normally charge an entrance fee. The others are free all the time. The entrance fee waiver for fee-free days does not cover amenity or user fees for activities such as camping, boat launches, transportation, or special tours.
For what it's worth, 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.