Fall is almost here, and we are overjoyed with the incoming cool weather. As autumn approaches, so is the day where you can visit National Parks for free. There's nothing we love more than revisiting or visiting new places. On September 28, you can visit any National Park and not have to pay for any entrance fees. 

National Public Lands Day is the largest volunteer effort performed in one day and it celebrates the connection we have with the world around us. You can participate by volunteering in a work effort, or visiting a national park for free. If you decided to volunteer you will get a fee-free day coupon that you can use in the future! 

There are over 20 national parks that you can visit in Arizona. Some of them include the Grand Canyon, Montezuma Castle, Petrified Forest, and Walnut Canyon. 

You can enjoy your free entrance day by hiking, enjoying swimming holes, or admiring many of Arizona's hidden waterfalls.

If you want to participate in other activities like camping, tours, or boat launches you'll have to pay because the national park free day only applies to entrance fees.

Below are the national parks that usually charge an entrance fee, but that fee will be waived on September 28.

  • Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Lake Mead National Recreation Area
  • Montezuma Castle National Monument
  • Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
  • Petrified Forest National Park
  • Pipe Spring National Monument
  • Saguaro National Park
  • Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument
  • Tonto National Monument
  • Tumacácori National Historical Park
  • Tuzigoot National Monument
  • Walnut Canyon National Monument
  • Wupatki National Monument

This free entrance day is only good on September 28, so plan accordingly. You can also check here for more entrance fee-free days in the future. 

Free Entrance Days in Any Of The National Parks

Price: Free

Location: There are over 20 National Parks you can visit in Arizona, they can be found here.

When: September 28

Why you should go: You can visit your favorite park, or even go to a new one! If you'd rather volunteer you still can visit any park you'd like with the free-fee day coupon. 


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.

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