Take your furry travel buddy to a pet friendly national park, monument, or historical site on these five days in 2022 when admission is FREE!

Brindle dog in a red harnesses sitting on the sign for Arches National Park in Moab, UT

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 2022 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

2021 National Park Free Days

Mark your calendar, and make sure to take advantage of these national park free admission days in 2021:

  • January 17th – Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • April 16th – First Day of National Park Week
  • August 4th – Anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act
  • September 24th – National Public Lands Day (and my birthday!)
  • November 11th – Veterans Day
Man and dog standing on a rim overlooking the landscape at Petrified Forest National Park in AZ

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

Without compromising their rules, some national parks have started Bark Ranger programs. This was originally meant to educate visitors with pets about the park’s rules. But the program has become so popular with guests collecting badges for their pets that it’s spreading quickly.

Learn more about the 49 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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