As of March 2014, there are 401 national parks covering over 84 million acres throughout the United States and its territories. The majority of these parks do not charge entrance fees (though parking fees often apply). As for 133 national parks that do have entrance fees, there are a number of designated "fee free" days each year.
Here are the National Park Service Free Entrance Days in 2014:
- January 20 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)
- February 15-17 (President's Day Weekend)
- April 19-20 (National Park Week opening weekend)
- August 25 (National Park Service Birthday)
- September 27 (National Public Lands Day)
- November 11 (Veterans Day)
The parks that normally charge a fee that are free on the above dates are listed at www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparksbystate.htm. California parks in this category include:
- Cabrillo National Monument
- Death Valley National Park
- Joshua Tree National Park
- Lassen Volcanic National Park
- Lava Beds National Monument
- Muir Woods National Monument
- Pinnacles National Monument
- Sequoia National Park
- Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
- Yosemite National Park
Plenty of other amazing national treasures are on this list, like Grand Canyon National Park.
And of course there are two national parks in Ventura County that are always worth exploring:
For more information about the National Park Service, visit www.nps.gov.