Park to Waive Entrance Fees for National Public Lands Day, September 29

posted Sep 25, 2012, 10:34 AM by JTCA Contact

All 397 national parks, including Joshua Tree National Park, will offer free entrance on Saturday, September 29 for National Public Lands Day. The 19th annual event encourages everyone to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors. In conjunction with National Public Lands Day, Joshua Tree plans to reopen all park campgrounds that were closed during the summer season. Beginning September 23, daily guided tours will also be offered at the Keys Ranch historic site except on Saturday, September 29 when the Ranch will be closed for a volunteer work project.

“National Public Lands Day reminds all of us of the vast and diverse nature of America’s open spaces, from small neighborhood parks to large national parks, and the importance of each one,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “We are fortunate that more than 600 million acres of public land, including national parks, provide all of us with cherished places where we can go to unwind, recreate, or learn.”

Other Federal agencies offering free admittance on September 29 include the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation, the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, and the U.S. Forest Service.

Normally, 133 national parks charge entrance fees ranging from $3 to $25. The other 264 parks do not charge for admission. Along with the rest of the National Park Service, Joshua Tree will also waive entrance fees from November 10-12 in commemoration of Veterans Day.

Normal camping fees and other user fees will still be collected at Joshua Tree on September 29 and throughout the remainder of the weekend.

Campers and picnickers should bring drinking water as most park campgrounds and picnic areas do not have water available. Potable water is available at park visitor centers and at Black Rock and Cottonwood Campgrounds as well as the Indian Cove Ranger Station.

For more information on visiting Joshua Tree, visit the park’s website:, or call the park at 760-367-5500.

For information about Keys Ranch and to purchase Ranch tour tickets, call the park at 760-367-5555.

Joe Zarki
Public Information Officer
Joshua Tree National Park