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WASHINGTON, DC – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced today that all 394 national parks will have free admission during Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend, January 15-17. Salazar noted that 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.
Fort Union National Monument, which is a short drive from Las Vegas, will offer free admission. "This is a great opportunity to visit a National Park in our backyard" said Superintendent Marie Sauter. Fort Union National Monument along with Western National Parks Association will offer a 15% discount on all books in its bookstore.
Fort Union (1851-1891) was the largest frontier military post and supply center of the southwest. The National Park Service preserves and tells the story of Fort Union and the Santa Fe Trail. Fort Union National Monument is located near Watrous, exit 366 off I-25, 8 miles on NM-161. For further information contact the park at (505) 425-8025 or visit the park website at www.nps.gov/foun.