Bureau of Land Management Fee-Free Days for 2022

IB 2021-035
Information Bulletin

United States Department of the Interior


Grand Junction, Colorado 81506


August 18, 2021


In Reply Refer To:

2930 (430) P



Information Bulletin No. 2021-035


To:                  All Field Officials

From:             Assistant Director, National Conservation Lands and Community Partnerships

Subject:          Bureau of Land Management Fee-Free Days for 2022


In calendar year 2022, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will waive standard amenity recreation fees for visitors on January 17 (Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.), February 21 (Washington’s Birthday), June 11 (National Get Outdoors Day), August 4 (Great American Outdoors Day), September 24 (National Public Lands Day) and November 11 (Veterans Day).

Authority for the establishment of “fee-free” days stems from the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (FLREA) (16 U.S.C. Chapter 87, Section 6804(e)), which authorizes the five agencies to establish fee-free days on the lands they manage, including the BLM, Bureau of Reclamation, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service. For the BLM, the requirement to observe “fee-free” days means the waiver of standard amenity fees and day-use fees only (i.e., visitor centers, picnic/day use areas and National Conservation Lands units where fees are charged). Expanded amenity fees and other fees (i.e., those for group day use, overnight camping, cabin rentals and individual special recreation permits for use of special areas) will remain in effect unless the authorized officer determines it is appropriate to waive them. For data collection and accountability purposes, a zero-value receipt equivalent to a one-day pass may be issued.

BLM field units in jointly managed areas near, or adjacent to, other Federal units are encouraged to coordinate to offer similar fee-free access as appropriate. BLM offices are encouraged to promote the fee-free days to the public, communities, partners and youth organizations as an opportunity to instill land stewardship values and promote the Secretary of the Interior’s priority for expanded public access opportunities available on BLM-managed public lands.

For more information about the BLM’s recreation fee program, please visit the BLM Recreation Permits and Fees webpage. For questions about this Information Bulletin, please contact KC Craven, National Recreation Fee Program Assistant Manager, at kcraven@blm.gov.


Signed By:

Mark Lambrecht

Assistant Director, National Conservation Lands and Community Partnerships


Authenticated By:

Brianna Huerta

Division of Regulatory Affairs and Directives (HQ-630)

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