Whether you’re looking to bag the summit of Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park or climb the tallest dune in North America at the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, there are six "entrance fee-free” days in 2021 where visitors can explore national parks in Colorado and beyond for free.
The National Park Service will waive entrance fees at more than 100 sites on six days in 2021, starting with Martin Luther King Jr. Day in January and ending with Veterans Day in November.
Colorado is home to four national parks including Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Great Sand Dunes National Park, Mesa Verde National Park, and Rocky Mountain National Park. Ordinarily, these parks charge single-day entry fees of up to $25 per vehicle.
Without further ado, here are the 2021 'fee-free' days:
Monday, January 18 – Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Saturday, April 17 – First Day of National Park Week/National Junior Ranger Day
Wednesday, August 4 – One year anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act
Wednesday, August 25 – National Park Service Birthday
Saturday, September 25 – National Public Lands Day
Thursday, November 11 – Veterans Day
It's important to note that user fees still apply for other activities such as camping, boating, transportation, and special tours.
According to the National Park Service, other free or discounted park passes are also available for senior citizens, current members of the military, families of fourth-grade students, and citizens with disabilities. To learn more about the variety of passes offered, please visit nps.gov/planyourvisit/passes.htm.
Editor's Note: Please help us keep Colorado beautiful. Remember to follow the core principles of Leave No Trace when visiting our national parks. It's also important to keep COVID-19 restrictions in mind while making travel plans. Be aware of the rules and restrictions in the county you're visiting and those you're traveling through, as the county-to-county response can vary throughout Colorado.