All parks budgets are squeezed to the max, but free national and state park entry passes are still a relatively easy thing to get. Youâ€™ll need to plan your RV tripÂ carefully to do it, but the effort is worthwhile when you save the cash.
3 Tips for Free National And State Park Visits
Image: National Park Service.
Before getting started in your search for a free national and state park visit, remember a couple of things. First, youâ€™ll save money with a free entrance pass, but in most cases the savings only apply to the actual park entry fee. Camping and other recreational fees like fishing usually apply once youâ€™re inside the park. Second, those free park days tend to be quite busy, so don’t expect a ton of solitude once you arrive. Aside from those two limitations (and maybe others depending on the specific pass and location), scoring a free visit is pretty easy. Here’s how.
Go RVing on Free National Park Days
Unless you or a close family member qualifies for the free national parks pass for military members, or you have a child who qualifies for the free annual pass for fourth grade students, national park visits are more expensive all the time. The best way to get around the increases is by planning your adventure around any of the National Parks Systemâ€™s free days that take place every year.
Drive into a national park on one of five annual free entry days and youâ€™ll get a free ride for as long as the usual entry fee is good for (often up to seven days), as long asÂ you never leave the gates. Keep these U.S. National Park Free Days in mind when planning your next adventure:
Â January 21 â€“ Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
April 20 â€“ First Day of National Park Week/National Junior Ranger
René M. Agredano