Grand Canyon National park to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with free entry Jan. 18

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

The National Park Service will offer several fee free days in 2016. File photo

The National Park Service will offer several fee free days in 2016. File photo

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Grand Canyon National Park visitors can get into the park free Jan. 18.

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. 18 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 April 16 through 24 for National Park Week, Aug. 25 through 28 for the National Park Service birthday, Sept. 24 for National Public Lands Day and Nov. 11 for Veterans Day.

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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