Grand Canyon to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with free entry

Fee-free designation applies to park entrance only and doesn't affect camping reservations, tours and concessions

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Grand Canyon National Park visitors can get into the park free on Jan. 20.

Park Service officials remind visitors that fee-free means entrance only and does not affect fees for camping, reservations, tours or use of concessions. Park entrance stations will have the Interagency Senior and annual passes available for those who wish to purchase them. Visitors who plan to spend time in the park beyond Jan. 20 will need to pay the regular entrance fee for the remainder of their stay.

Grand Canyon's South Rim sits at approximately 7,000 feet. As a result, the Park Service suggests visitors be prepared for winter weather and driving conditions, and should be aware that road closures and temporary suspension of shuttle service may happen with little or no notice if winter weather passes through the area.

This year, additional fee-free days will be on Presidents Day on Feb. 15-17, kick off to National Park Week on April 19-20, the National Park Service's birthday on Aug. 25, National Public Lands Day on Sept. 27 and Veterans Day on Nov. 11.

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

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