National Park Services 99th Birthday on August 25th = get in free!

Put this on your radar for in a few weeks! It’s the National Park Services 99th birthday on August 25th. In honor of that, there will be no entrance fee at more than 400 national parks nation wide. Now while most parks are free, there are 100 or so that do charge admission, but not on August 25th! You can get into well known national parks and historic sites for free. My favorite parks that will be free on this day are the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Everglades, Yellowstone and Badlands.

Here’s the full list of national parks that usually charge, but will be free on August 25th:


  • Denali National Park & Preserve


  • Casa Grande Ruins 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
  • Tumacácori National Historical Park
  • Tuzigoot National Monument
  • Walnut Canyon National Monument
  • Wupatki National Monument


  • Fort Smith National Historic Site
  • Pea Ridge National Military Park


  • 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 Park
  • San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
  • Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks
  • Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
  • Yosemite National Park


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


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


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


  • Haleakalā National Park
  • Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park
  • Pu’uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park


  • Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve
  • Yellowstone National Park


  • Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial


  • Acadia National Park


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


  • Adams National Historical Park
  • Cape Cod National Seashore


  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore


  • Pipestone National Monument


  • Gulf Islands National Seashore
  • Vicksburg National Military Park


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


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


  • Scotts Bluff National Monument


  • 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
  • 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


  • James A. Garfield National Historic Site
  • Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial


  • Fort Smith National Historic Site


  • Crater Lake National Park
  • Lewis & Clark National Historical Park


  • 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


  • Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park


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


  • 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
  • Natural Bridges National Monument
  • Zion National Park

Virgin Islands

  • Christiansted National Historic Site


  • 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


  • Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
  • Lewis & Clark National Historical Park
  • Mount Rainier National Park
  • Olympic National Park

West Virginia

  • Harpers Ferry National Historical Park


  • Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area
  • Devils Tower National Monument
  • Grand Teton National Park
  • Yellowstone National Park

There are a couple of more free entrance days this year

Other Free Entrance Days in 2015

  • September 26 (National Public Lands Day)
  • November 11 (Veterans Day)
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