Active Duty U.S. Military Offered Free Entrance to All National Parks

To show appreciation for those who serve in the U.S. Military, on May 19 – Armed Forces Day – the National Park Service will begin issuing an annual pass offering free entrance to all 397 national parks for active duty military members and their dependents.

“We all owe a debt to those who sacrifice so much to protect our country,” said Whiskeytown National Recreation Area Superintendent Jim Milestone. “We are proud to recognize these brave men and women and hope that a visit to this or any national park will offer an opportunity to unwind, relax, rejuvenate, and just have fun with their families.”

Active duty members of the U.S. Military and their dependents can pick up their pass at the park visitor center, open every day from 10 am to 4 pm until May 25; on May 25, it will be open from 9 am to 5 pm.  They must show a current, valid military identification card to obtain their pass. More information is available at