Entrance fees for the California National Parks vary from park to park. For example, Yosemite’s current entrance fee is $20/car, but no entrance fee will be required if you decide to incorporate a visit to Channel Island National Park on your Los Angeles vacation (although you will have to pay for transportation – either by air or by boat – to the islands).
The National Park Service sets aside fee-free days each year, and you will have five opportunities in 2012 to enjoy a visit to Yosemite National Park free of cost:
(to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. weekend)
(to celebrate National Park Week)
(to celebrate Get Outdoors Day)
(to celebrate National Public Lands Day)
(to celebrate Veterans Day weekend)
The above fee-free days apply to all National Parks in California and in the other states, as well, and provide travelers on a budget an opportunity to save a little money. It should be noted, however, that other park fees (such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties) will not be waived unless specifically stated otherwise.
If you’ve never been to Yosemite, you might want to check out the two-minute introductory video below. It really is an incredible place!