All national parks will be free for five days in 2022 to encourage people to engage in pandemic-observant outdoor activities.
Following its annual tradition, the National Park Service marked five days in the new year during which entry fees will be waived:
• Jan. 17 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
• April 16, the first day of National Park Week,
• Aug. 4, the anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act.
• Sept. 24 for National Public Lands Day.
• Nov. 11 for Veterans Day.
Though the pandemic initially cut activity at national parks, 2020 saw 237 million people visit parks nationwide.
NPS Deputy Director Shawn Benge said the parks provide a safe activity for people to enjoy during the pandemic.
“This past year has reminded us how important national parks and public lands are to overall well-being,” Mr. Benge said. “Throughout the country, national parks provided close-to-home opportunities for people to spend much needed time outdoors for their physical and psychological health.”