NPS hosts free days in 2020

Trail of the Ancients
This tower stands along the Trail of the Ancients at Hovenweep National Monument.
Photo courtesy of the National Archives/Wikimedia Commons

The Southeast Utah Group of National Parks – Arches and Canyonlands national parks and Hovenweep and Natural Bridges national monuments – has joined national parks across the country in waiving entrance fees on five days in 2020 as a way to encourage people to get outdoors and spend time with their friends and family in the national parks this year.

The National Park Service will offer the following fee-free days in 2020:

• Monday, Jan. 20 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

• Saturday, April 18 – Start of National Park Week and National Junior Ranger Day

• Tuesday, Aug. 25 – National Park Service birthday

• Saturday, Sept. 26 – National Public Lands Day

• Wednesday, Nov. 11 – Veterans Day

This fee-free opportunity applies to entrance fees only and does not affect fees for camping, backcountry reservations, tours, or other special uses, according to a press release from the NPS.

“Visitors to the Southeast Utah Group of parks can enjoy a wide range of activities, such as hiking, photography, traveling scenic drives and rugged backcountry roads, visiting ancient cultural sites, and strolling pathways that lead to interesting rock formations and beautiful desert vistas,” said the press release.

Normally, 110 of the 419 national parks in the country charge an entrance fee, while the other 309 national parks do not.