Free Entrance Days in the Sierra National Parks 2016

Three kids kids exploring stream

Fee-free days make national parks accessible to more people. NPS photo

The National Park Service turns 100 years old in 2016 and we want everyone to join the party! On 16 days in ’16, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone.

In the Sierra we enjoy Yosemite National Park, Lassen Volcanic National Park , Kings Canyon & Sequoia National Parks.  Make 2016 the year you see them all. 426 miles of the Beautiful Siera Mountain Range separate  Lassen Volcanic and Sequoia National Parks. And from San Francisco, you can be at the park of your choice in a 4-5 hour drive and from Reno Nevada a 2-3 hour drive

Mark your calendar for these entrance fee–free dates in 2016:

  • January 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • April 16 through 24: National Park Week
  • August 25 through 28: National Park Service Birthday
  • September 24: National Public Lands Day
  • November 11: Veterans Day

National parks are America’s Best Idea, and there are 409 available to everyone, every day. The fee-free days provide a great opportunity to visit a new place or an old favorite, especially one of the 127 national parks that normally charge an entrance fee. The others are free all of the time. Plan your visit and enjoy our country’s history and nature.

The fee waiver includes entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.
Fee-free days make parks accessible to more people. However, national parks are always economical, with entrance fees that range from $3 to $30. In addition, any fourth grade student can get a free annual pass through the Every Kid in a Park program, and active duty military and citizens with a permanent disability can also get free passes. For more information about the variety of discounted passes available, please visit the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass page.

Yosemite National Park


Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park


Lassen Volcanic National Park

lassen volcanic national park winter