The National Park Service Cut Free Admission Days

Many Glacier, Glacier National Park

If you’re planning a National Park trip in 2018 and want to do it on a budget, you might have fewer opportunities than you had in 2017.

The National Park Service on Tuesday announced that all national parks will offer free admission on only four days in 2018.

Mark your calendar for these entrance fee–free dates in 2018:

  • January 15: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • April 21: First day of National Park Week
  • September 22: National Public Lands Day
  • November 11: Veterans Day

Source: National Park Service: Free Entrance Days in the National Parks for 2018.

Main Sperry Chalet Building Lost Due to Sprague Fire

High winds pushed the Sprague fire into Glacier National Park’s historic Sperry Chalet Thursday August 31, 2017, burning it down, according to InciWeb.

“A highly skilled group of firefighters were staged at the Sperry Chalet over the last week. … The firefighters, supported by three helicopters, made a valiant stand to save the structure but were unsuccessful in saving the main Sperry Chalet,” the national wildfire information service posted shortly after 7 p.m.

Source: National Park Service – “Main Sperry Chalet Building Lost Due to Sprague Fire”

Devils Garden Campground. Courtesy: NPS/Chris Wonderly

Devils Garden Campground in Arches National Park will be closed March 1 through October 31, 2017, due to a major construction project.

Extensive road construction will occur in 2017 and will limit access to some areas. The park will remain open during construction, with possible driving delays, and parking and trail closures. Some trails will be closed for two weeks at a time during the project.

There are many other campgrounds in the Moab area. Download the Moab Campground Information Map (a PDF file) for the location of all the public campgrounds near Moab.

Moab has many privately-owned campgrounds. All of them have restrooms, drinking water, and showers. Most have picnic tables, dump stations, and laundry facilities. For a list of private campgrounds in the Moab area, visit

For more current information regarding the construction project at Arches National Park, please visit

Reservations are Required in many of the popular U.S. National Parks

Guest Room, Jenny Lake Lodge, Grand Teton National Park

Many of the popular U.S. national parks of the American West require reservations for lodging and camping months in advance during the busy summer season, or even year round. Besides accommodations, reservations are required for backcountry hiking and camping and may be required for other activities as well. Our new National Parks Reservations Guide provides information and links to the most popular national parks and where one may make reservations.

Reservations are essential for visiting Grand Canyon National Park, Yosemite National Park, Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.

Please see our National Parks Reservations Guide for more information.