The first of the fee-free days on federal lands in the United States in 2013 is Jan. 21 on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The National Park Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service will all waive fees associated with entry into areas typically requiring a payment to enter.
"Our national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests and other public lands offer every American a place to enjoy outdoor recreation, learn about our nation's history and culture, and restore our souls and spirits by connecting with the natural beauty and wildness of our land," Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said in a statement. "By providing free admission, we are putting out an invitation to all Americans to visit and enjoy these extraordinary treasures that belong to all our people."
Other fee-free dates in 2013 are April 22-26 for National Park Week, June 8 for Great Outdoors Day, Aug. 25 for the National Park Service's birthday, Sept. 28 for National Public Lands Day, Oct. 13 for National Wildlife Refuge Week and Nov. 9-11 for Veterans Day weekend.