5 days of free admission to national parks in 2022

Each year, millions of people visit the 423 national park sites in the United States.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – If you are one of the millions of site seekers who visit America's national parks, 2022 could be the year of your great adventure.

The National Park Service is waiving entrance fees for all parks on certain days of the year.

The NPS says the free admission days are designed to encourage Americans to discover the 423 park sites that make up the federal system.

Entrance fees will be waived on the following dates: 

  • Monday, January 17 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Saturday, April 16 – First Day of National Park Week
  • Thursday, August 4 – Anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act
  • Saturday, September 24 – National Public Lands Day
  • Friday, November 11 – Veterans Day

"National parks are for everyone, and we are committed to increasing access and providing opportunities for all to experience the sense of wonder, awe and refreshment that comes with a visit to these treasured landscapes and sites," National Park Service Director Chuck Sams said in a statement.

Every year, hundreds of millions of visits take place at America's national parks.


The NPS reports 237 million people visited national parks in 2020, and the visitor count reached 327 million in 2019.

The agency says that usually between 80 to 100 percent of the entrance fees remain with the parks where the money is collected.

If you are a frequent visitor of parks, the NPS suggests buying an $80 annual pass that provides access to more than 2,000 federally-managed recreational areas across the United States.