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Free Entry to Grand Canyon on Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
Contact: Shannan Marcak, 928-638-7958
Grand Canyon, Ariz. - Grand Canyon National Park will join national park units around the country in offering fee-free entry for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.
Entrance fees will be waived for all visitors who arrive in the park on Monday, January 21. Visitors who enter (or re-enter) the park before or after January 21 will be charged the regular entrance fee.
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 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, visitors should be prepared for winter weather and driving conditions, and should 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 - 26), on National Park Service's Birthday (August 25), on National Public Lands Day (September 28), and over the Veterans Day Weekend (November 9 - 11).
For more on what there is to see and do in Grand Canyon National Park, please visit the park's web site at www.nps.gov/grca. For more on national park fee-free days, go to www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm.
Did You Know?
Each year, thousands of hikers enter the Grand Canyon on the Bright Angel Trail. They follow a route established by prehistoric people for two key reasons: water and access. Water emerges from springs at Indian Garden, and a fault creates a break in the cliffs, providing access to the springs.