Take your furry travel buddy to a pet friendly national park, site, or monument on these six days in 2021 when admission is FREE!

Man and dog standing on a rim overlooking the landscape at Petrified Forest National Park in AZ

Is your dog or cat hoping to visit a pet friendly national park in 2021? If so, we have some great news! The National Park Service has scheduled six days in 2021 when admission fees will be waived at all national parks, monuments, and sites across the United States. These free admission 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 and parks, 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, the Grand Canyon, or Yellowstone – admission can cost up to $35 per vehicle.

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 18th – Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • April 17th – First Day of National Parks Week
  • August 4th – Anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act
  • August 25th – National Park Service Birthday
  • September 25th – National Public Lands Day
  • November 11th – Veterans Day

If you’re planning to visit several national parks this year, it could pay to invest 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 30+ 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

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