National Park Free Admission Days In 2022

Take your furry travel companion to a pet-friendly national park, monument or historic site during these five days in 2022 when admission is FREE!

Brindle dog in a red harness sitting on the sign pointing to Arches National Park in Moab, UT

Is your dog or cat hoping to visit a national pet-friendly park this year? If so, we have good news! The National Park Service has scheduled five days of free entry in 2022 when entrance fees are waived at all national parks, monuments, and sites across the United States.

These free admission days are the perfect opportunity to enjoy some of the country’s most spectacular scenery and important historical attractions, without spending a penny!

Of the 423 National Park Service sites in the United States, only 108 currently charge an entrance fee. So there are hundreds of places you and your pet can visit for free all year round!

But if you plan to visit one of the country’s most popular parks — like Acadia, Arches, the Grand Canyon, Glacier, or Yellowstone — admission can cost up to $35 per vehicle.

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Dog in a red harness on the dunes in the Great Sand Dunes State Park in Colorado

Pets in national parks

Many national parks have strict policies prohibiting pets from trails. Before planning your visit, check the park’s website for everything you and your pet can do together. Then, search our blog for tips on exploring the many national parks we’ve seen with our dogs.

Luckily, there are a few national parks that make it easy for Fido to arrive. Learn more about the best pet-friendly US national parks!

LEARN MORE ⇒ The Most Pet-Friendly National Parks in the United States

Man and two dogs enjoying the view of Grand Canyon National Park

Free National Park Days 2021

Mark your calendar and be sure to take advantage of these free national park days in 2021:

  • January 17 – Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • April 16 – First day of National Parks Week
  • August 4 – Anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act
  • September 24 – National Public Lands Day (and my birthday!)
  • November 11 – Veterans Day
Man and dog standing on rim overlooking landscape at Petrified Forest National Park in AZ

If you plan to visit several national parks this year, it might be worth investing in an annual pass. For $80, you’ll get access to hundreds of federal recreation sites for a year.

Certain groups are even eligible for free annual passes, including current U.S. service members and their dependents, all 4th-year U.S. students, and U.S. citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities. Additionally, US citizens or permanent residents age 62 and older can get an annual pass for $20 or a senior lifetime pass for $80.

National Park Ranger Program

Without compromising their rules, some national parks have started Bark Ranger programs. This was originally intended to educate visitors with pets about park rules. But the program has become so popular with customers who collect badges for their pets that it is spreading fast.

Learn more about the 49 national parks where your pup can become a Bark Ranger.

LEARN MORE ⇒ National Park Ranger Program

Display of the Bark Ranger tag in the counter at Petrified Forest National Park

We hope this information helps you plan a great national park adventure with your furry travel buddy!

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