BLM announces 2024 fee-free days

Meredith Black, Public Affairs Specialist

During this holiday season of giving, the Bureau of Land Management presents the fee-free dates for 2024, which include a new fee-free day in honor of BLM’s birthday on July 16. On these days, and throughout the year, all are invited to experience the awesome beauty and boundless adventures on BLM-managed lands.

Three people riding bikes on a gravel trail in a wooded area.
Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail in California. Photo by Jesse Pluim.

“Our public lands are the gift that keeps giving,” says BLM Director Tracy Stone-Manning. “With BLM’s fee-free days, we hope that Americans will get outside to enjoy these national treasures.”

On BLM-managed lands, the fee-free days for 2024 are:

  • January 15 (Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.)
  • June 19 (Juneteenth National Independence Day)
  • July 16 (BLM's birthday)
  • September 28 (National Public Lands Day)
  • November 11 (Veterans Day)

On Fee-Free Days, the waiver applies to recreation standard amenity and day-use fees on BLM lands, including visitor centers, picnic/day use areas and National Conservation Lands units where fees are charged. Expanded amenity fees and other fees (i.e., group day-use, overnight camping, cabin rentals, and individual special recreation permits for the use of special areas) remain in effect.

BLM manages about 3,400 recreation sites and areas nationwide. The vast majority of those special places are already free of charge for the public to enjoy.

BLM-managed public lands offer a wide array of recreational opportunities, including hiking, hunting, fishing, camping, mountain biking, horseback riding, boating, whitewater rafting, off-highway vehicle driving, rock climbing, and more.

“BLM-managed lands are places of discovery where the experiences are priceless and the memories can last a lifetime,” says Kevin Oliver, BLM Headquarters Division Chief for Recreation and Visitor Services. “The fee-free days expand opportunities for people to visit these awe-inspiring landscapes.”

For more information, view the Fee-Free Days poster, the Information Bulletin (IB), the BLM Recreation Permits and Fees webpage, and www.recreation.gov.

Other federal land management agencies offering their own fee-free days in 2024 are the U.S. Fish & Wildlife ServiceNational Park ServiceBureau of ReclamationU.S. Forest Service, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.    

About the Bureau of Land Management: BLM’s more than seven decades of leading the way in public land management began in 1946, when President Truman merged the General Land Office and the Grazing Service into one Bureau. BLM serves as the country’s largest public lands steward, managing one in every 10 acres in the United States, and approximately 30 percent of the nation’s minerals. These lands and minerals are found primarily in Western states and encompass forests, mountains, rangelands, arctic tundra, and deserts. BLM lands are also sources of clean air and water, carbon storage, and some of our nation’s best remaining wide-open spaces, and serve as the lifeblood of many local economies—supporting energy development, livestock grazing, timber harvesting, ranching and farming, outdoor recreation, and many small businesses. BLM manages our multiple-use mission by basing decisions on the best available science and the on-the-ground knowledge and experience of many partners. 

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