Today entrance to all US National Parks is free
Each year, the US National Park Service has free entrance days. One of those days already past is the Martin Luther King Jr. National Holiday (January 18th).
Another of those days is the President's Day National Holiday (February 20th).
Other free entrance days later in the year are:
- April 15-16 & 22-23, 2017 — Weekends of National Park Week
- August 25, 2017 — National Park Service Birthday
- September 30, 2017 — National Public Lands Day
- November 11-12, 2017 — Veterans Day Weekend
Issues concerning National Parks
The Utah Office of Tourism, believing that the National Park Service wasn't adequately marketing the national parks in the state has done their own marketing program, called The Mighty Five, resulting in a significant rise is attendance, maybe even to a detriment ("The mighty wait at The Mighty Five (Utah's national parks)," Salt Lake Deseret News; "In the Footsteps of Many: Collaboration is Key to Preserving the National Park Experience," EDR blog, University of Utah).
-- "Parking under the National Mall should be part of an integrated approach to visitor services and management," 2013
-- "Neglected National Mall languishes," Associated Press, 2009
Past blog entries:
-- "Park service land and planning woes: local vs. federal," 2011
-- "A gap in planning across agencies: Prioritizing park access for pedestrians, bicyclists and transit users compared to motor vehicle access," 2015
-- "Federal shutdown as another example of why local jurisdictions should have more robust contingency and master planning processes," 2013