Free Entrance to National Parks

Joshua Tree National Park Credit:

by Mira Reverente

To commemorate its 100th birthday in 2016, the National Park Service (NPS) has announced that all NPS sites are free during 16 days this year, including Martin Luther King Day.

Of course, the nearest park sites to the Conejo Valley are in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, which are always fee free.

Informally dubbed “16 days in ’16,” the entrance fee-free days are:

January 18: Martin Luther King Day

April 16 to 24: National Park Week

August 25 to 28: National Park Service Birthday

September 24: National Public Lands Day

November 11: Veterans’ Day

Death Valley NP

Death Valley National Park Credit: national

As of last count, there are 409 National Parks, including 127 that normally charge an entrance fee ranging from $3 to $30.

Joshua Tree National Park, Death Valley National Park and Cabrillo National Monument are located in Southern California and are participating in the fee-free days.

Camping fees, tours, concession fees, etc. are not included in the fee-free days, unless stated. Active duty military personnel and persons with permanent disabilities can also avail of free passes. Seniors have access to discounts as well.

If you missed today, there’s plenty of time to plan for National Park Week which is just around the corner!

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