National Parks Fee Free Days Announced for 2018

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Date: December 15, 2017
Contact: Mary Wilson, 435-719-2140

MOAB, UT - The Southeast Utah Group of the National Park Service (Arches and Canyonlands national parks and Hovenweep and Natural Bridges national monuments) is joining national parks across the country in waiving entrance fees four days in 2018 as a way to encourage people to get outdoors and spend time with their friends and family in the national parks this year.

The National Park Service will offer the following fee-free days in 2018:

  • 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

This fee-free opportunity applies to entrance fees only and does not affect fees for camping, backcountry reservations, tours, or other special uses.

Visitors to the Southeast Utah Group of parks can enjoy a wide range of activities such as hiking, photography, traveling scenic drives and rugged backcountry roads, visiting ancient cultural sites, and strolling pathways that lead to interesting rock formations and beautiful desert vistas.

“Fee free days provide a great opportunity for people to reconnect to their favorite parks, explore new ones, and share their experiences with friends and family, so they too might discover these amazing places for themselves,” Southeast Utah Group Superintendent Kate Cannon said.

Normally, 118 of the 417 national parks in the country charge an entrance fee, while the other 299 national parks do not.

The annual $80 America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass allows unlimited entrance to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including all national parks that charge an entrance fee. There are also free or discounted passes available for senior citizens, current members of the military, families of fourth grade students, and citizens with disabilities.

Other federal land management agencies offering their own fee-free days in 2018 including the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Forest Service, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The National Park System includes more than 84 million acres and is comprised of 417 sites, including national parks, national historical parks, national monuments, national recreation areas, national battlefields, and national seashores. There is at least one national park in every state.

For additional information about the Southeast Utah Group of national parks visit our websites:

Arches National Park
Canyonlands National Park
Hovenweep National Monument
Natural Bridges National Monument



Last updated: December 15, 2017

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