Keep Parks Open 24/7 Every Day of the Year
For the most part, the National Park System is open 24/7 every day of the year. This allows visitors to hike trails for sunrise, enter campsites late at night, look for wildlife, take dark sky photographs, and much more. Many natural spaces come to life at night, and a midnight drive can be very rewarding. National monuments and some national forest sites are more restrictive, unfortunately. Many national monuments have opening and closing times. Unless visitors are paying campers, they are required to leave before closing. In National Forests, there are thousands of day-use only sites where access after dark is prohibited. However certain parks, particularly White Sands National Park, opens at 7AM and closes their gates at 6PM,
requiring any early visitors to pay $50 for 30 minutes early entry. We believe this to be obscene and unfair, and that all federal public parks should remain open 24/7 every day of the year.