Public Lands Day

national public lands day

Established in 1994 and held annually on the fourth Saturday in September, National Public Lands Day is traditionally the nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort. It celebrates the connection between people and green space in their community, inspires environmental stewardship, and encourages use of open space for education, recreation, and health benefits.

National Public Lands Day is September 23

Visit a National Park for FREE!

National Public Lands Day includes free admission to public lands in Las Vegas and Henderson including Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Admission fees will be waived at both parks on September 23, 2023. 

Tule Springs Fossil Beds

While Tule Springs Fossil Beds is going through the park planning program, there are no established visitor centers, shade structures, water refill stations, nor restrooms on site.

Tule Springs Junior Ranger Program

Check the event calendar for Tule Springs Fossil Beds


Your Guide to Public Lands in Nevada

National Public Lands Day Events in Las Vegas


National Public Lands Day Litter Clean Up

Saturday, September 23, 830am – 12pm 
Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Space is limited. To register, please email or call 702-293-8711.

National Public Lands Day Volunteer Event at Red Rock

Saturday, September 23, 7am – 330pm
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Join the Bureau of Land Management, Friends of Red Rock Canyon, and Southern Nevada Conservancy for National Public Lands Day 2023!

*Pre-registration is required, and space is limited to 100 participants. Parties will be notified with an e-mail to confirm their successful registration and location details will be sent prior to the event.

For more information about this event and to register, click the link below:

National Public Lands Day at Red Rock | The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) (


Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument Geology Hike

Saturday, September 23, 8am – 10am

This is a ranger-led hike that introduces the stories behind the geology of Tule Springs Fossil Beds. Hike is 3 miles round trip over flat and gently sloping terrain. 

National Parks Near Las Vegas

Grand Canyon National Park 
The closest entrance to Grand Canyon is the West Rim. Check out Amber’s trip to the Grand Canyon Skywalk HERE

Death Valley National Park 
The park is currently closed and not expected to be open by September 23, 2o23. 

Zion National Park 

Bryce Canyon National Park 

Cedar Breaks National Monument


Some other stunning National Parks a bit further away: 

Capitol Reef National Park 

Great Basin National Park 

Joshua Tree National Park 

Nevada State Park Events

Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort

Saturday, September 23, 9am – 2pm

The park will be offering free admission as well as activities including creating bee habitats and crafts for kids. 

Spring Mountain Ranch State Park 
No events currently posted for September 23, but lots of events coming this fall. Check the Vegas Family Guide calendar for more!


Become a Junior Ranger

When visiting National Parks or any of our public lands, don’t forget to take advantage of the Junior Ranger Programs! 

Lake Mead National Recreation Area Junior Ranger Program

Children may earn a Junior Ranger badge by completing a number of activities in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area Junior Ranger Book. The Junior Ranger Book is available for free at the Lake Mead Visitor Center. 

You may also request a Junior Ranger Activity Book, e-mail us or write to:

Lake Mead National Recreation Area Interpretation Team
601 Nevada Way
Boulder City, NV 89005

Red Rock Canyon Junior Ranger Program

Become a Junior Ranger at Red Rock Canyon while visiting or download the Junior Ranger Book now and get a head start. 


Junior Ranger Programs at Mt Charleston

Admission to Mt. Charleston is always free, but please note that access to the mountain is current extremely restricted. 


The Spring Mountains Visitor Center and Mt. Charleston offer Junior Ranger and Junior Snow Ranger programs throughout the year. Check the calendar for upcoming programs. 

National Park Fee Free Days for 2023

January 16: Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.

April 22: First day of National Park Week

August 4: Anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act

September 23: National Public Lands Day

November 11: Veterans Day

BLM Fee Free Days in 2023

January 16 (Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.)

February 20 (Washington’s Birthday)

June 19 (Juneteenth National Independence Day)

August 4 (Great American Outdoors Day)

September 23 (National Public Lands Day)

November 11 (Veterans Day)

Fun Fact: Did you know that 63% of Nevada is owned by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)?

Today, Nevada contains forty-eight million acres of public land, amounting to 63 percent of the state, managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). From 1846 to 1872, the federal government’s main role in Nevada was through the General Land Office, the agency that carried out the Homestead Act.

4th Grade Students Get FREE ADMISSION All Year

Get your student’s FREE National Parks Pass HERE!