Free entry to Grand Canyon on Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday

Grand Canyon National Park will join national park units around the country in offering fee-free entry for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

NPS officials are waiving entrance fees for all visitors who arrive in the park on Monday, Jan. 21. Visitors who enter or re-enter the park before or after Jan. 21 will be charged the regular entrance fee.

Park officials want to remind visitors that the fee-free designation applies to entrance fees only and does not affect fees for camping, reservations, tours or use of concessions. Park entrance stations will have park passes such as Interagency Senior, Annual and Access Passes, as well as the new Active Military Passes, available for those who wish to acquire them.

Grand Canyon's South Rim sits at approximately 7,000 feet. As a result, NPS encourages visitors to be prepared for winter weather and driving conditions and remind them to bear in mind that road closures and temporary suspension of shuttle service may occur with little or no notice as winter weather passes through the area.

This year, additional Grand Canyon fee-free days will occur during National Parks Week-April 22 to 26, on National Park Service's birthday-Aug. 25, on National Public Lands Day Sept. 28 and over the Veterans Day weekend - Nov. 9 to 11.

More on what to see and do in Grand Canyon National Park, is available by the park's website at www.nps.gov/grca. More on national park fee-free days is available by visiting www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm.

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