More than 100 U.S parks that normally charge fees offer free admission on certain weekends in 2016, according to The National Park Service. If you’re in California, here’s what you need to know to visit a National Park near you free.
For most U.S. National Parks Fee Free Days, entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees are waived or greatly reduced. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise. FYI: 265 of the 398 U.S. National Parks don’t charge an entrance fee ever.
SAVVY TIP: If you visit national parks often, check out the annual pass. For $80 a year, the pass gets you into all national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests, and more than 2,000 Federal lands. FYI, Seniors can get a $10 lifetime pass, and the pass is offered free to all active duty military members and their dependents. Find out more about the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass on this nps.gov page.
Know Before You Go
WHAT: National Fee-Free Days at U.S. National Parks.
WHEN: The following dates in 2016 …
- January 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- April 16 through 24: National Park Week
- August 25 through 28: National Park Service Birthday
- September 24: National Public Lands Day
- November 11: Veterans Day
WHERE: More than 100 U.S. National Parks, including the following in California (call to verify).
11 Participating National Parks in California
The following United States National Parks in the state of California all waive their entrance fees on nationally designated fee free dates. Please check with each park for updates, operating hours, and schedules before you head out.
- Cabrillo National Monument — Southern tip of the Point Loma Peninsula in San Diego. Address: 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Dr, San Diego, CA 92106. Phone: 619-557-5450.
- Death Valley National Park — On the border of California and Nevada, east of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Address: 328 Greenland Blvd, Death Valley, CA 92328. Phone: 760-786-3200.
- Joshua Tree National Park — In southeastern California spanning two deserts. Address: 74485 National Park Dr, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277. Phone: 760-367-5500.
- Lassen Volcanic National Park — In northeastern California. Address: 38050 Hwy 36 E, Mineral, CA 96063
- Lava Beds National Monument — In northeastern California, in Siskiyou and Modoc counties. Address: 1 Indian Wells Hqtrs, Tulelake, CA 96134. Phone: 530-667-8113.
- Muir Woods National Monument — In Marin County, California just north of San Francisco, and part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Address: 1 Muir Woods Rd, Mill Valley, CA 94941. Phone: 415-388-2595.
- Pinnacles National Monument — In Central California, east of the Salinas Valley, 80 miles southeast of San Jose. Address: 5000 Hwy 146, Paicines, CA 95043. Phone: 831-389-4485.
- San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park — In the San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf neighborhood. Address: 499 Jefferson St, San Francisco, CA 94109. Phone: 415-561-7000.
- Sequoia National Park — In the southern Sierra Nevada mountain range east of Visalia. Address: 47050 Generals Hwy, Three Rivers, CA 93271. Phone: 209-565-3341.
- Whiskeytown National Recreation Area — In Shasta County in northwestern California. Address: 14412 Kennedy Memorial Dr, Whiskeytown, CA 96095. Phone: 530-246-1225.
- Yosemite National Park — In the Sierra Nevada mountains of central California. Address: Village Dr, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389. Phone: 801-559-5021.