Free National Parks Days in 2021


Americans flocked to national parks in 2021. According to National Park Service data, Yellowstone National Park saw record numbers with a 20 percent increase in visits in September 2020 compared to 2019. Point Reyes National Seashore in northern California also had a banner year, with 39 percent more visits in November than the same month in 2019. The trend of discovering America’s natural wonders—and in many cases, our own backyards—seems primed to continue well into 2021. 

There will be six free days for visitors across all 108 national parks, monuments, historic sites, and preserves that usually charge a fee in 2021 on these dates: 

  • January 18
  • April 17
  • August 4
  • August 25
  • September 25
  • November 11

New to the list of free days is August 4, which will mark the one year anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act, which designated $9.5 billion to the National Park Service and other federal agencies to spend on land maintenance over the next five years. It also permanently funded the Land and Water Conservation Fund. 

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