Visitors walk on the salt playa at Badwater, 282 feet below sea level.
NPS photo by Kurt Moses

DEATH VALLEY, CA – Death Valley National Park’s standard entrance fees will be waived on Sunday, August 25. This fee waiver is being done to encourage people to visit national parks on the National Park Service’s 103rd birthday.

Superintendent Mike Reynolds is particularly excited about how this fee free day can benefit people living in the communities surrounding Death Valley National Park. “If you’ve been waiting for just the right nudge to visit Death Valley, this fee waiver is it,” he said. “It’s a great time to come and see Death Valley!”

Sunday’s temperatures are likely to be above 115⁰F at Badwater, but will be in the low 90s at higher elevations, such as Dantes View.

Source: NPS


  1. This is the absolute dumbest thing that I’ve heard in a very long time! The problem with ALL of the national parks is overcrowding, which is causing the parks to require more and more maintenance. Ask a park ranger and they’ll tell you that the parks are underfunded and understaffed. The NPS needs to raise fees AND limit admittance to preserve the parks for future generations. Offering a fee free day to encourage attendance is only making both problems worse – too many people and too little funding.


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