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As of Veterans Day 2020, veterans and Gold Star families now have access to all national parks and other federal lands for free every day. The National Park Service says the free access program is a way to thank America’s veterans and Gold Star families for their sacrifices and to encourage them to explore recreational opportunities on public lands and waters. Free Entry For Veterans And Gold Star Families The U.S. Department of the Interior announced in late October that “entrance fees for the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and standard amenity recreation fees for the Bureau of Land Management and the Bureau of Reclamation sites will be waived for veterans and Gold Star Families. They will have free access to approximately 2,000 public locations spread out across more than 400 million acres of public lands, which host activities to fit any lifestyle, from serene to high octane, including hiking, fishing, paddling, biking, hunting, stargazing and climbing.” The entrance fee is waived for everyone who qualifies, but it does not include extra fees like camping, transportation, special recreation permits, or special tours. What you need to bring Any veteran who has served in the United States Armed Forces, including the National Guard and Reserves, can get free admission to national parks, wildlife refuges, forests, and more. You need to show one of the following forms of ID in order to get your free admission: a Department of Defense ID card a Veteran Health ID […]