Calendar of Free Entrance Days to National Parks

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Family and kids camping

Enjoy your "free" time in the national parks. 120 national parks and monuments that normally charge an entrance fee will be free on several days during the year. The other parks are free all of the time.

Plan your visit and enjoy our country’s history and nature.

August 25, 2020: National Park Service Birthday

September 26, 2020: National Public Lands Day

November 11, 2020: Veterans Day

January 18, 2021: Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.

April 17-24, 2021: First day of National Park Week

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Mom hiking with baby in winter

Free Guided Hikes on New Year's Day

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Participants of the Photo Workshop in Rocky Mountain National Park in 2018

National Park Photography Workshops

National Park Trips Media and Tamron have teamed up to offer Photo Workshops inside your favorite national parks.

Perseid Trails in Rocky Mountain National Park

Annual Perseid Meteor Shower in Rocky Mountain National Park

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Christmas lights downtown

Rocky Mountain Winter Holiday Activities

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Sunset at Lily Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park

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Snowshoers on a trail in Rocky Mountain National Park

Snowshoeing & Backcountry Skiing in Rocky Mountain National Park

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Park Ranger sitting with Children in a national park

Ranger-Led Activities in Rocky Mountain National Park

Spend some time with a ranger to get more in-depth information about your beautiful surroundings.

Horse trail ride

Ride a Horse in Rocky Mountain National Park

Riding across an alpine meadow framed by 13,000-foots peaks is an experience soon not to be forgotten.

Alberta Falls in Rocky Mountain National Park

14 Favorite Waterfalls in Rocky Mountain National Park

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