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All national parks, including Great Basin, Death Valley, are fee-free this Saturday

Death Valley
AP Photo/John Locher

A person looks from a viewpoint, Sunday, July 11, 2021, in Death Valley National Park, Calif.

In celebration of National Park Week, all national parks in the U.S. are waiving entrance fees on Saturday, April 16.

Nevada is home to only one national park, Great Basin National Park, about 4.5 hours northeast from Las Vegas. Lake Mead will also be fee-free.

Parks near the Silver State include Joshua Tree, Sequoia, Kings Canyon, Death Valley, Yosemite, Lassen Volcanic, Zion, Grand Canyon, Capitol Reef and Bryce Canyon.

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For a full list of participating parks, click here.

While the rest of the nation is ramping up operations, a Death Valley National Park spokesperson said the park is preparing for increasing temperatures and a hot summer ahead. 

Due to increasing heat, Sunset, Texas Springs and Stovepipe Wells campgrounds are scheduled to close for the summer season at noon on Monday April 18.  

Camping fees still apply. Other upcoming fee free days include:

  • Thursday, Aug. 4 – Anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act 
  • Saturday, Sept. 24 – National Public Lands Day 
  • Friday, Nov. 11 – Veterans Day
Kristen DeSilva (she/her) is the online editor for Nevada Public Radio. She curates content on, our weekly newsletter and social media for Nevada Public Radio and Desert Companion.