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
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.
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.
Your Guide to Public Lands in Nevada
National Public Lands Day Events in Las Vegas
Saturday, September 23, 830am – 12pm
Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Space is limited. To register, please email LAKE_volunteer_coordinator@nps.gov or call 702-293-8711.
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:
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
Death Valley National Park
The park is currently closed and not expected to be open by September 23, 2o23.
Some other stunning National Parks a bit further away:
Nevada State Park Events
Saturday, September 23, 9am – 2pm
The park will be offering free admission as well as activities including creating bee habitats and crafts for kids.
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!
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
Become a Junior Ranger at Red Rock Canyon while visiting or download the Junior Ranger Book now and get a head start.
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.
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.