PHOENIX — Looking to explore the beauty of our state's national parks without breaking the bank? Five "entrance fee-free" days were announced Tuesday by the National Park Service for 2022.
Hello, is it free you're looking for? On five days in 2022, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer FREE admission to everyone. Learn more: https://t.co/e9xCwamkpf pic.twitter.com/BLnIng1K5n— National Park Service (@NatlParkService) December 29, 2021
The free admission days are designed to encourage discovery and visitation to different national parks across the country.
The free entrance dates for 2022 are:
- Monday, January 17 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
- Saturday, April 16 - First Day of National Park Week
- Thursday, August 4 - Anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act
- Saturday, September 24 - National Public Lands Day
- Friday, November 11 - Veterans Day
Chuck Sams, National Park Service director, says the parks have something for everyone.
“National parks are for everyone and we are committed to increasing access and providing opportunities for all to experience the sense of wonder, awe, and refreshment that comes with a visit to these treasured landscapes and sites,” said Sams.
Officials with the NPS say that in 2020, 237 million people visited the national parks and spent $14.5 billion in local communities. This supported 234,000 jobs across the country and had a $28.6 billion impact on the economy.