Grand Canyon to Waive Entrance Fees for Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Weekend AND DOI news release: Salazar Announces National Park Fee Free Days for 2011
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Grand Canyon National Park will be joining national park sites around the country in celebrating the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday with a fee free weekend. Entrance fees will be waived for all visitors to Grand Canyon National Park January 15 - 17, 2011. Visitors arriving in the park on any one of those three days will be allowed to enter free of charge. Those who plan to spend time in the park beyond the 17th will need to pay the regular entrance fee for the remainder of their stay.
Park visitors are reminded 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 Interagency Senior and Annual Passes available for those who wish to purchase them.
The National Park Service will be offering a total of 17 fee free days this year. For the complete story, please see the news release below:
Department of the Interior
January 5, 2011
Salazar Announces National Park Fee Free Days for 2011
Encourages All Americans to Visit a Park this Year
WASHINGTON - Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced that the
National Park Service will waive admission fees on 17 selected dates
throughout 2011 and encouraged all Americans to make a New Year's
resolution to visit a national park this year.
"Many people have made resolutions to spend more quality time with loved
ones and to get outdoors and unplug in 2011," said Secretary Salazar.
"There's no better place than a national park to help keep those
resolutions. Parks offer superb recreational opportunities, making them
perfect places to enjoy our beautiful land, history and culture, and
nurture a healthy lifestyle."
Salazar noted that with 394 national parks throughout the country, most
Americans live within a few hours of a park, making them places for easy
and affordable vacations any time of the year.
"In these tough economic times, our fee-free days will give families many
opportunities to enjoy our nation's heritage and natural beauty in
meaningful and affordable ways," he said.
The 2011 fee-free dates will be the weekend of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
(January 15-17), National Park Week (April 16-24), the first day of summer
(June 21), National Public Lands Day (September 24), and the weekend of
Veterans Day (November 11-13).
The first fee free days are centered on the Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Visitors can literally walk in Dr. King's footsteps at national parks such
as Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site in Georgia, Selma to
Montgomery National Historic Trail in Alabama, or the Lincoln Memorial in
Washington, DC," said National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis. "They
are just a few of the dozens of national parks which trace the history of
"Several parks will also honor Dr. King by hosting volunteer projects for
the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on January 17," added Jarvis.
"It is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service - a
day on, not a day off."
Many national park concessions will also offer discounts on fee free days,
saving visitors money on food, lodging, tours, and souvenirs. More
information is available at http://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm.
Did You Know?
Within the Grand Canyon, the type and abundance of organisms is directly related to the presence or absence of water. The Colorado River and its tributaries, as well as springs, seeps, stock tanks and ephemeral pools provide oases to flora and fauna in this semi-arid southwest desert area.