YOSEMITE — In honor of Veterans Day on Sunday, Nov. 11, the entry fee to Yosemite National Park is waived for all visitors. This fee free weekend is offered to all park visitors in honor of current members, retired members, and reserve members of the United States Armed Forces and their families.
The National Park Service has honored Veterans Day as a fee free day since 2006. Waiving entrance fees on Veterans Day is one way the National Park Service works to show appreciation for the millions of men and women who fight to protect America’s great treasures, including Yosemite National Park.
Veterans Day falls on November 11th of every year. The holiday was created in remembrance of the signing of the armistice between Germany and the Allied nations at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. In 1954, the U.S. Congress approved November 11 as the day to honor all American veterans for their service to and sacrifices made for the United States.
This Veterans Day also marks the 100th anniversary of the end of hostilities of World War I, which took effect on the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918, also known as Armistice Day.
The National Park Service also provides active duty military members and their dependents with a free annual national park pass, an $80 value. Permanently disabled veterans can receive a free lifetime Access Pass to all parks. These passes provide entrance to all national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests, and other federal lands. Passes can be obtained at any national park that charges an entrance fee, including Yosemite.
Fees being waived for Veterans Day only include the fees associated with entrance into the park. All other fees associated with camping, lodging, or activities within the park still apply. The fee waiver is only valid for Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018.
The Yosemite Area Regional Transit System (YARTS) will be honoring veterans and their families by offering free rides to Yosemite Valley on Nov. 10 – 11 on Highway 140 only. For schedules and more information, visit YARTS.