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Get free admission to more than 100 national parks on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Mount Rainier (tparrett/Pixabay)
January 19, 2020

The National Park Service will waive entrance fees at 110 park sites, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 20 — the first of five fee-free days at national parks in 2020.

Ordinarily, those parks would charge entrance fees of $5 to $35. The other 309 national park sites do not charge entrance fees.

“Free entrance days serve as additional motivation for people to get outside and enjoy these places of inspiration and recreation,” said National Park Service Deputy Director David Vela in a statement announcing the waived fees.

The 2020 fee-free days are:

Jan. 20: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

April 18: First day of National Park Week

Aug. 25: National Park Service birthday

Sept. 26: National Public Lands Day

Nov. 11: Veterans Day

The National Park Service was founded in 1916 and manages 409 sites spread out over all 50 states. A decade ago, documentary filmmaker Ken Burns told the story of the national parks in a six-part PBS series, “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.”

Frequent park visitors can purchase an annual pass for $80. Free or discounted passes are available for members of the military, seniors, fourth-graders and persons with disabilities.

Park sites by state that will waive entrance fees Monday


Denali National Park & Preserve


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


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


Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Colorado National Monument

Dinosaur National Monument

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Hovenweep National Monument

Mesa Verde National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park


Canaveral National Seashore

Castillo de San Marcos National Monument

Dry Tortugas National Park

Everglades National Park

Gulf Islands National Seashore


Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park

Cumberland Island National Seashore

Fort Pulaski National Monument

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park


Haleakala National Park

Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park


Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve

Yellowstone National Park


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


Adams National Historical Park

Cape Cod National Seashore


Isle Royale National Park

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore


Pipestone National Monument


Gulf Islands National Seashore

Vicksburg National Military Park


Gateway Arch National Park (formerly Jefferson National Expansion Memorial)

Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield


Glacier National Park

Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument

Yellowstone National Park


Death Valley National Park

Lake Mead National Recreation Area

New Hampshire

Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park

New Jersey

Thomas Edison National Historical Park

New Mexico

Bandelier National Monument

Capulin Volcano National Monument

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Chaco Culture National Historical Park

Valles Caldera National Preserve

White Sands National Park

New York

Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site

Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site

Sagamore Hill National Historic Site

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


Crater Lake National Park

Lewis and Clark National Historical Park

Puerto Rico

San Juan National Historic Site

South Carolina

Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Historical Park

South Dakota

Badlands National Park


Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park


Big Bend National Park

Fort Davis National Historic Site

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Padre Island National Seashore


Arches National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park

Canyonlands National Park

Capitol Reef National Park

Cedar Breaks National Monument

Dinosaur National Monument

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

Golden Spike National Historical Park

Hovenweep National Monument

Natural Bridges National Monument

Zion National Park

Virgin Islands

Christiansted National Historic Site


Assateague Island National Seashore

Colonial National Historical Park

George Washington Memorial Parkway’s Great Falls Park

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Prince William Forest Park

Shenandoah National Park


Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

Lewis and Clark National Historical Park

Mount Rainier National Park

Olympic National Park

West Virginia

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park


Devils Tower National Monument

Grand Teton National Park

Yellowstone National Park


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