On Veterans Day, November 11, everyone is welcome to visit the park for free . . .  but . . .

Starting on Veterans Day, November 11, veterans, Gold Star families, and 5th-grade students can visit Death Valley National Park (and many other federal lands) for FREE. The fee-free change is permanent under a new Department of the Interior policy.

Fifth-grade students and their families have free access to Death Valley National Park through August 31, 2021. The students must bring a voucher to get free entry, which is available at Information on special discount or free passes to other groups is available at

Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces and Gold Star families will have permanent free access to national parks. (A visitor may prove their status as a veteran or a Gold Star dependent by presenting one of the following: Department of Defense Identification Card, Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC), Veteran ID Card, or Veteran’s designation on a state-issued driver’s license or identification card.)

(Photo courtesy of Death Valley National Park – Kurt Moses)