Along with other national park areas across the country, Olympic National Park will offer free admission on the following nine days in 2017.
January 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
February 20: Presidents’ Day
April 15-16 and 22-23: Weekends of National Park Week
August 25: National Park Service Birthday
September 30: National Public Lands Day
November 11-12: Veterans Day Weekend
A press release from the park this afternoon said that other fees will be going up, as part of a plan begun in 2015. “We are extremely grateful for the revenue from visitor fees that allows us to complete many important projects throughout the park,” said Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum. “Extending these nine fee-free days is one way we can say thank you to the many visitors and neighbors of Olympic National Park.”
Olympic National Park’s regular entrance fee is $25 per car. On fee free days, other park fees, including wilderness camping and campground fees, will remain in effect. The Olympic National Park Annual Pass costs $50.
Several Olympic National Park fees will increase in the coming year, part of a three-year phased increase that began in 2015.
Effective January 10, Overnight Wilderness Use Permits will increase in price. The Nightly Fee will increase from $5 to $8 and the Annual Wilderness Pass will increase from $35 to $45.
On June 1, the seven-day motorcycle entrance fee will increase from $15 to $20.
Entrance fees apply only to people 16 years of age and older; youth and children 15 years old and younger enter the park for free. Information about Senior, Access and Military passes that provide free entry are available at http://www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/fees.htm
Olympic National Park protects 922,651 acres encompassing three distinctly different ecosystems – rugged glacier-capped mountains, more than 70 miles of wild Pacific coast, and magnificent stands of old-growth and temperate rain forest.