Grab your hiking boots and mark your calendars! In 2019, there will be five days where you can visit the country’s beautiful and historic national parks for free—this is a great opportunity to visit a new national park or to re-discover an old favorite.
The United States is home to some of the most magnificent national parks in the world. Whether you want to paddle the unspoiled waterways of Voyageurs National Park or hike the iconic Waterpocket Fold in Capitol Reef National Park, you can do so for free on one of five days recently announced by the National Park Service:
– January 21: Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
– April 20: First day of National Park Week
– August 25: Anniversary of the National Park Service
– September 28: National Public Lands Day
– November 11: Veterans Day
The National Park System is home to more than 85 million acres, comprised of 418 sites including national parks, national historic parks, national monuments, national recreation areas, and national seashores. Whether you want to summit Mount Rainier or explore an urban historic site, fee-free days enable a multitude of adventures for people of all backgrounds. You can view a full list of the National Park System’s participating parks here.
Acting superintendent at Capitol Reef National Park, Carolyn Barker, says “We hope that fee-free days encourage more people to discover public lands.”
Here at Wilderness Inquiry, we are passionate about giving people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities the gift of the great outdoors. If the thought of planning your own national parks adventure is overwhelming, you can join us on one of our many trips to several national parks throughout the country. Check out our trip options here!
See you on the trail!