GRAND JUNCTION Colo. (KREX) — Each year, The USDA Forest Service offers six fee-free days throughout the year to advocate for Americans to get outside and explore the public lands.

This year, the first of the fee-free days is today, Monday, January 16, in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

The remaining fee-free days are as follows:

  • President’s Day: February 20, 2023
  • National Get Outdoors Day: June 10, 2023
  • Juneteenth: June 19, 2023
  • National Public Lands Day: September 23, 2023
  • Veterans Day: Nov. 11, 2023

The Rocky Mountain Region is a wonderful place to enjoy a variety of winter sports, such as snowmobiling, ice fishing, snowboarding, skiing, snowshoeing and more.

USDA would like to remind visitors that safety is first. Know before you go!

Check the status of roads and trails at your destination. Be aware of weather and avalanche conditions before heading into the backcountry. Numerous online resources and interactive maps are available to help plan your outing. For the latest updates and information on how to stay safe in avalanche country, visit For additional outdoor safety tips, visit the Know Before You Go website.

The fee waiver includes many Forest Service picnic areas, boat launches, trailheads, and visitor centers. Fees for camping, cabin rentals or other permits still apply. Fees will continue to be charged at Forest Service standard amenity fee recreation sites operated by concessionaires unless individual managers choose to participate.