In 2021, the number of visitors at America’s most popular national parks hit a record high. Now, as the summer travel season comes to an end, the reservation requirements for visiting certain national parks have been lifted.
“It’s great to see so many Americans are taking advantage of these parks,” said Sen. Angus King of Main, chair of the Senate Subcommittee on National Parks. “That is, after all, why we protect these lands in the first place. However, at the same time, we must recognize that overcrowding at the parks itself can degrade the natural resources and wildlife that these units are designed to protect.”
During the pandemic, many national parks implemented reservation requirements to keep crowds under control.
Now, visitors can once again enter Yellowstone National Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, Arches National Park, Yosemite National Park and Glacier National Park without a reservation. Visitors still need to make a reservation for camping and lodging at the parks.
The following parks still require a reservation:
- Acadia National Park
- Haleakala National Park
- Muir Woods National Monument
- Shenandoah National Park
- Washington Monument
- Zion National Park
- Arches National Park
For a complete list of national parks by state check out localadventurer.com.