The National Park Services announced on Tuesday that the number of free admission days to National Parks are being cut back in 2018. This move follows the rise in entrance fees to 118 of the 417 national parks in the US, with 17 of the 118 entrance fees being raised as high as $70.
In 2016, 16 days were considered “Fee Free Days”. This year the free entrance days were cut back to 10 days. In a press release the National Park Services announced that 2018 will have four Fee Free Days. These dates will include:
- January 15: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- April 21: First day of National Park Week
- September 22: National Public Lands Day
- November 11: Veterans Day
National Park Service Deputy Director, Michael T. Reynolds, stated in the press release, “National parks connect all of us with our country’s amazing nature, culture and history. The days that we designate as fee free for national parks mark opportunities for the public to participate in service projects, enjoy ranger-led programs, or just spend time with family and friends exploring these diverse and special places. We hope that these fee-free days offer visitors an extra incentive to enjoy their national parks in 2018.”