NPS - National Park Service

11/21/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/21/2019 19:06

National Parks Fee Free Days Announced for 2020

November 21, 2019
Contact: Angie Richman, 435-719-2140

MOAB, UT-The Southeast Utah Group of national parks (Arches and Canyonlands national parks and Hovenweep and Natural Bridges national monuments) is joining national parks across the country in waiving entrance fees on five days in 2020 as a way to encourage people to get outdoors and spend time with their friends and family in the national parks this year.

The National Park Service will offer the following fee-free days in 2020:

  • Monday, January 20 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Saturday, April 18 - Start of National Park Week / National Junior Ranger Day
  • Tuesday, August 25 - National Park Service Birthday
  • Saturday, September 26 - National Public Lands Day
  • Wednesday, November 11 - Veterans Day

This fee-free opportunity applies to entrance fees only and does not affect fees for camping, backcountry reservations, tours, or other special uses.

Visitors to the Southeast Utah Group of parks can enjoy a wide range of activities such as hiking, photography, traveling scenic drives and rugged backcountry roads, visiting ancient cultural sites, and strolling pathways that lead to interesting rock formations and beautiful desert vistas.

Normally, 110 of the 419 national parks in the country charge an entrance fee, while the other 309 national parks do not.

Park visitors can also purchase annual and lifetime passes to cover entrance fees throughout the year. The annual $55 Southeast Utah Parks Pass allows free entrance to national parks in the Southeast Utah Group (Arches, Canyonlands, Hovenweep, and Natural Bridges). The annual $80 America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pas s allows unlimited entrance to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including all national parks that 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 citizens with disabilities.

The National Park System includes more than 84 million acres and is comprised of 419 sites, including national parks, national historical parks, national monuments, national recreation areas, national battlefields, and national seashores. There is at least one national park in every state.