Tomorrow, National Parks across the United States will celebrate 104 years of providing access to gorgeous and protected public lands. As such, to commemorate the National Park’s birthday, all parks will be waiving entrance fees for visitors.
In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed legislation into law that created the National Park Service. Since then, NPS has grown to service over 400 sites nationwide and last year alone, National Parks welcomed in a combined number of 329 million visitors.
Despite the waived entrance fee, potential visitors are recommended to check park conditions as some trails, campgrounds, or visitor centers may be closed due to Covid-19. Closures are managed on a park to park basis, so it is best to be informed ahead of time. Additionally, the National Park Service recommends but doesn’t require, face masks to be worn by all visitors.
For those that cannot get time off of work to go enjoy the national parks tomorrow- fear not! NPS has two more free admission days coming up this fall- Sept. 26 for National Public Lands Day, and Nov. 11 for Veterans Day.
If able, definitely take advantage of waived admission and go celebrate your public lands!