National Parks for Free

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve

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National Parks for Free

The best things in life are free . . .  and below you will find two lists of free national park information: Those free all the time and those free on special dates:

Free Admission to National Parks 2012 Dates:

January 14-16 Martin Luther King Jr. weekend
April 21-29 National Park Week
June 9 Get Outdoors Day
September 29 National Public Lands Day
November 10-12 Veterans Day weekend

Parks listed on this page waive their entrance fees on nationally designated fee free dates. Please check with each park for operating hours and event schedules.

By Name | By StateAlaska
Denali National Park and PreserveArizona
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument
Chiricahua National Monument
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
Grand Canyon National Park
Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Montezuma Castle National Monument
Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
Petrified Forest National Park
Pipe Spring National Monument
Saguaro National Park
Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument
Tonto National Monument
Tumacacori National Historical Park
Tuzigoot National Monument
Walnut Canyon National Monument
Wupatki National Monument

Arkansas
Fort Smith National Historic Site
Pea Ridge National Military Park

California
Cabrillo National Monument
Death Valley National Park
Joshua Tree National Park
Lassen Volcanic National Park
Lava Beds National Monument
Muir Woods National Monument
Pinnacles National Monument
Sequoia National Park
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
Yosemite National Park

Colorado
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
Colorado National Monument
Dinosaur National Monument
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
Hovenweep National Monument
Mesa Verde National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park

Florida
Canaveral National Seashore
Castillo de San Marcos National Monument
Dry Tortugas National Park
Everglades National Park
Gulf Islands National Seashore

Georgia
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area
Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park
Cumberland Island National Seashore
Fort Frederica National Monument
Fort Pulaski National Monument

Hawaii
Haleakala National Park
Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park
Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park

Idaho
Craters of the Moon National Monument
Yellowstone National Park

Illinois
Jefferson National Expansion Memorial National Memorial

Indiana
Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial

Maine
Acadia National Park

Maryland
Antietam National Battlefield
Assateague Island National Seashore
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park
Fort McHenry NM and Historic Shrine National Monument
Fort Washington Park
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Mississippi
Gulf Islands National Seashore

Massachusetts
Adams National Historical Park
Cape Cod National Seashore

Michigan
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Minnesota
Pipestone National Monument

Mississippi
Vicksburg National Military Park

Missouri
Harry S Truman National Historic Site
Jefferson National Expansion Memorial National Memorial
Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield

Montana
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area
Glacier National Park
Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument
Yellowstone National Park

Nebraska
Scotts Bluff National MonumentNevada
Death Valley National Park
Lake Mead National Recreation AreaNew Hampshire
Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site

New Jersey
Thomas Edison National Historical Park
Morristown National Historical Park

New Mexico
Aztec Ruins National Monument
Bandelier National Monument
Capulin Volcano National Monument
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Chaco Culture National Historical Park
El Morro National Monument
Fort Union National Monument
Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument
Pecos National Historical Park
White Sands National Monument

New York
Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site
Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site
Martin Van Buren National Historic Site
Sagamore Hill National Historic Site
Saratoga National Historical Park
Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site

North Carolina
Wright Brothers National Memorial

North Dakota
Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Ohio
James A. Garfield National Historic Site
Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial National Memorial

Oklahoma
Fort Smith National Historic Site

Oregon
Crater Lake National Park
Lewis & Clark National Historical Park

Pennsylvania
Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site
Fort Necessity National Battlefield
Johnstown Flood National Memorial
Steamtown National Historic Site
Puerto Rico
San Juan National Historic Site

South Carolina
Fort Sumter National Monument

South Dakota
Badlands National Park
Jewel Cave National Monument

Tennessee
Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park

Texas
Big Bend National Park
Fort Davis National Historic Site
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Padre Island National Seashore

Utah
Arches National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park
Canyonlands National Park
Capitol Reef National Park
Cedar Breaks National Monument
Dinosaur National Monument
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
Golden Spike National Historic Site
Hovenweep National Monument
Natural Bridges National Monument
Zion National Park

Virgin Islands
Christiansted National Historic Site

Virginia
Appomattox Court House National Historical Park
Assateague Island National Seashore
Colonial National Historical Park
George Washington Memorial Parkway’s Great Falls Park
Manassas National Battlefield Park
Petersburg National Battlefield
Prince William Forest Park
Shenandoah National Park

Washington
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
Lewis & Clark National Historical Park
Mount Rainier National Park
Olympic National Park
Whitman Mission National Historic Site

West Virginia
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Wyoming
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area
Devils Tower National Monument
Fort Laramie National Historic Site
Grand Teton National Park
Yellowstone National Park

Every year a whole bunch of these National Parks offer FREE entry for a whole week - the ones which usually charge anyway, plenty of the other National Parks are free all of the time.

We should be proud of our National Parks, but that’s not all we should be, we should be visiting them too. Whether you’re a 20 mile hike kind of person who likes nothing more than to pack up your camping gear and set out into the wild unknown, or the type of person who prefers a stroll around a gentle path admiring the scenery and the spring flowers, there’s sure to be somewhere near to you which would suit you just fine.

National Parks are a great place to exercise without even knowing that you’re exercising. Why walk on a treadmill in a sweaty gym when you can breathe in all of that glorious fresh air and really go somewhere.

These boots were made for walking . . . so what are you waiting for?

Here’s a list of all of the National Parks who participate in a week of free entrance days every year, coming to a National Park near you . . .

Arizona

Casa Grande Ruins National Monument

Chiricahua National Monument

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

Grand Canyon National Park

Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Montezuma Castle National Monument

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

Petrified Forest National Park

Pipe Spring National Monument

Saguaro National Park

Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument

Tonto National Monument

Tumacacori National Historical Park

Tuzigoot National Monument

Walnut Canyon National Monument

Wupatki National Monument

Arkansas

Fort Smith National Historic Site

Pea Ridge National Military Park

California

Cabrillo National Monument

Death Valley National Park

John Muir National Historic Site

Joshua Tree National Park

Lassen Volcanic National Park

Lava Beds National Monument

Muir Woods National Monument

Pinnacles National Monument

Sequoia National Park

Whiskeytown National Recreation Area

Yosemite National Park

Colorado

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Colorado National Monument

Dinosaur National Monument

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve

Hovenweep National Monument

Mesa Verde National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park

Florida

Canaveral National Seashore

Castillo de San Marcos National Monument

Dry Tortugas National Park

Everglades National Park

Gulf Islands National Seashore

Georgia

Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park

Cumberland Island National Seashore

Fort Frederica National Monument

Fort Pulaski National Monument

Hawaii

Haleakalā National Park

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park

Pu’uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park

Idaho

Craters of the Moon National Monument

Yellowstone National Park

Illinois

Jefferson National Expansion Memorial National Memorial

Indiana

Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial

Iowa

Effigy Mounds National Monument

Kansas

Fort Scott National Historic Site

Maine

Acadia National Park

Maryland

Antietam National Battlefield

Assateague Island National Seashore

Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park

Fort McHenry NM and Historic Shrine National Monument

Fort Washington Park

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Mississippi

Gulf Islands National Seashore

Massachusetts

Adams National Historical Park

Cape Cod National Seashore

John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site

Longfellow House – Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site

Michigan

Isle Royale National Park

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Minnesota

Pipestone National Monument

Mississippi

Vicksburg National Military Park

Missouri

Harry S Truman National Historic Site

Jefferson National Expansion Memorial National Memorial

Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield

Montana

Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area

Glacier National Park

Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument

Yellowstone National Park

Nebraska

Scotts Bluff National Monument

Nevada

Death Valley National Park

Lake Mead National Recreation Area

New Hampshire

Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site

New Jersey

Thomas Edison National Historical Park

Morristown National Historical Park

New Mexico

Aztec Ruins National Monument

Bandelier National Monument

Capulin Volcano National Monument

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Chaco Culture National Historical Park

El Morro National Monument

Fort Union National Monument

Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument

Pecos National Historical Park

White Sands National Monument

New York

Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site

Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site

Martin Van Buren National Historic Site

Sagamore Hill National Historic Site

Saratoga National Historical Park

Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site

North Carolina

Wright Brothers National Memorial

North Dakota

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Ohio

James A. Garfield National Historic Site

Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial National Memorial

Oklahoma

Fort Smith National Historic Site

Oregon

Crater Lake National Park

Lewis & Clark National Historical Park

Pennsylvania

Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site

Fort Necessity National Battlefield

Johnstown Flood National Memorial

Steamtown National Historic Site

Puerto Rico

San Juan National Historic Site

South Carolina

Fort Sumter National Monument

South Dakota

Badlands National Park

Jewel Cave National Monument

Tennessee

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park

Shiloh National Military Park

Texas

Big Bend National Park

Fort Davis National Historic Site

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Padre Island National Seashore

Utah

Arches National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park

Canyonlands National Park

Capitol Reef National Park

Cedar Breaks National Monument

Dinosaur National Monument

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

Golden Spike National Historic Site

Hovenweep National Monument

Natural Bridges National Monument

Zion National Park

Virgin Islands

Christiansted National Historic Site

Virginia

Appomattox Court House National Historical Park

Assateague Island National Seashore

Colonial National Historical Park

George Washington Memorial Parkway’s Great Falls Park

Manassas National Battlefield Park

Petersburg National Battlefield

Prince William Forest Park

Shenandoah National Park

Washington

Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

Lewis & Clark National Historical Park

Mount Rainier National Park

Olympic National Park

Whitman Mission National Historic Site

West Virginia

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Wyoming

Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area

Devils Tower National Monument

Fort Laramie National Historic Site

Grand Teton National Park

Yellowstone National Park

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