National Park Free Admission Days In 2023

Take your furry travel buddy to a pet friendly national park, monument, or historical site on these five days in 2023 when admission is FREE!

National Park Free Admission Days in 2023 - Dog posing on a rock in Zion National Park


Is your dog or cat hoping to visit a pet friendly national park this year? If so, we have some great news! The National Park Service has scheduled five free admission days in 2023 when entrance fees will be waived at all national parks, monuments, and sites across the United States.

These free entrance days are the perfect opportunity to enjoy some of the country’s most spectacular landscapes and important 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 year-round!

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

READ MORE ⇒ Visiting Great Sand Dunes National Park With Pets

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


Pets At National Parks

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

Fortunately, there are a few national parks that make it easy to bring Fido. Learn more about America’s best pet friendly national parks!

READ MORE ⇒ The Most Pet Friendly National Parks in the U.S.

Man and two dogs enjoying the view at Grand Canyon National Park
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Man walking a dog on the paved Rim Trail at Bryce Canyon National Park, UT
Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Two dogs sitting in front of the stone and wood entry sign for Glacier National Park in Montana.
Glacier National Park, Montana


2023 National Park Free Days

Mark your calendar, and make sure to take advantage of these national park free admission days in 2023:

Two pit bulls in front of sign for Voyageurs National Park

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

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


National Park Bark Ranger Program

At some national parks your pet can even be a BARK Ranger! The BARK Ranger program was originally introduced to educate visitors with pets about the park’s rules. But it’s become so popular with guests collecting badges for their pets that it’s spreading quickly.

Learn more about the 60 national parks where your pup can become a Bark Ranger.

READ MORE ⇒ National Park Bark Ranger Program

Bark Ranger tag display 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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