National Park Free Admission Days In 2022

Take your furry fellow traveler with FREE entry to a pet-friendly national park, monument or historic site on these five days in 2022!

Tabby dog ​​in a red harness sits on the sign for Arches National Park in Moab, UT

Are you hoping your dog or cat will visit a pet-friendly national park this year? If so, we have great news! The National Park Service has planned five entry-free days in 2022, when entry fees will be waived at all national parks, monuments, and sites in the United States.

These days of free entry are the perfect opportunity to enjoy some of the country’s most spectacular scenery and major historical attractions without spending a dime!

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!

However, if you’re planning on visiting one of the country’s most popular parks — like Acadia, Arches, the Grand Canyon, Glacier, or Yellowstone — admission can cost as much as $35 per vehicle.

READ MORE ⇒ Visit Great Sand Dunes National Park with pets

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

domestic animals in national parks

Many national parks have strict policies that prohibit pets from hiking trails. Before planning your visit, check the park’s website so you know how much you and your pet can do together. And then browse our blog for tips on exploring the many national parks we’ve seen with our dogs.

Luckily there are some national parks that make it easy to bring Fido with you. Learn about America’s Best Animal-Friendly National Parks!

READ MORE ⇒ The most animal-friendly national parks in the USA

Man and two dogs enjoy the view in Grand Canyon National Park

National park days 2021

Mark your calendar and take advantage of these free entry days to the National Park 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 24th – National Public Lands Day (and my birthday!)
  • November 11 – Veterans Day
Man and dog stand on a ledge overlooking the landscape in Petrified Forest National Park in AZ

If you’re planning on visiting several national parks this year, it might be worth the investment an annual pass. For $80, you get access to hundreds of federal recreational facilities for a year.

Certain groups are even eligible for complimentary annual passes, including current US service members and dependents, all US 4th grade students, and US citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities. Also, US citizens or permanent residents 62 years of age or older can get an annual pass for $20 or a lifetime senior pass for $80.

National Park Bark Ranger Program

Without compromising their rules, some national parks have started bark ranger programs. This was originally intended to educate visitors with pets about the park’s rules. But the program has become so popular with guests who collect badges for their pets that it’s spreading quickly.

Learn about the 49 national parks where your pup can become a bark ranger.

READ MORE ⇒ National Park Bark Ranger Program

Bark Ranger branding display in Petrified Forest National Park counter

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

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