Celebrate the National Parks Service Birthday With Free Admission to These Spots

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?In honor of the National Parks Service’s birthday on Friday, Aug. 25, Arizona residents can enjoy waived entrance fees at any of the state’s national parks. Whether you’ve been looking for an excuse to take a day trip to the Grand Canyon or you just want to explore more of our beautiful desert landscape, don’t miss your opportunity to take advantage of free admission!

When Do Free Admission Days Take Place?

In addition to this special occasion, there are nine other days that the NPS offers free admission to national parks. They include Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President’s Day, National Public Lands Day, Veterans Day weekend, and the weekends surrounding National Park Week.

What Parks Are Included in Free Admission Days?

In addition to Coronado National Memorial, Canyon de Chelly National Monument and Navajo National Monument—which never require an admission fee—there are 15 national parks you can visit:

  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Casa Grande Ruins National Recreation Area
  • Montezuma Castle National Monument
  • Petrified Forest National Park
  • Saguaro National Park
  • Tonto National Monument
  • Tuzigoot National Monument
  • Wupatki National Monument
  • Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
  • Lake Mead National Recreation Area
  • Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
  • Pipe Spring National Monument
  • Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument
  • Tumacacori National Historical Park
  • Walnut Canyon National Monument

What Are Some Other Ways I Can Get Into National Parks for Discounted Rates?

One of the NPS’ biggest goals is to make national parks more accessible to everyone. To this end, they offer free passes to active military members, as well as citizens with permanent disabilities. Senior citizens age 62 or older can also get a lifetime pass for a small fee.

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