Free NPS Entrance for MLK Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is one of four days in 2018 that you can enter National Park Service sites for free. Several NPS sites are free year-round for public enjoyment – including Hot Springs National Park and the Buffalo National River – but many national parks and other NPS sites usually charge entry fees.

Free entrance days mean that you can go to any NPS site that normally charges entry fees, and enter for free. This even applies to marquee parks such as Zion, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, and every other national park.


There are three more free entrance days in National Parks in 2018.

  • April 21st, 2018 – National Park Week begins
  • September 22nd, 2018 – National Public Lands Day
  • November 11th, 2018 – Veterans Day

Last year, the price of the Senior Pass increased from $10 to $80, and there’s been discussion about increasing fees to several popular national parks during peak visitor seasons, so these entry free days will be a welcome relief for those looking to explore our National Parks on a budget.

Increased fees go towards much needed maintenance and improvements to NPS infrastructure and facilities, but it’s still nice to have some financial relief at the ranger booths.

America’s national parks are some of the most beautiful places in the world. If you can’t take advantage of free entrance to a national park today, plan a trip to a park sometime in the near future.

We’d love to help you get outfitted for your next trip outdoors. We carry camping equipment, hiking gear, and everything you need to stay safe and comfortable while exploring our national parks or the woods in your own backyard. Stop by Uncle Sam’s Safari Outfitters for outdoor gear and equipment in Northwest Arkansas!

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