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!
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.
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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!
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Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
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:
January 16th – Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
April 22nd – First Day of National Park Week
August 4th – Anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act
September 23rd – National Public Lands Day
November 11th – Veterans Day
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
We hope this information helps you plan a great national park adventure with your furry travel buddy!
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