Grand Canyon National Park to Waive Entrance Fees on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Historic photo of Martin Luther King Jr. addressing a crowd at Washington Monument.

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News Release Date: January 8, 2018

Contact: Office of Communications, 928-638-7779

Grand Canyon, Ariz. - In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Grand Canyon National Park will join national park units across the country and offer visitors free entrance into the park on Monday, January 15, 2018.
Visitors looking to visit Grand Canyon National Park during Martin Luther King, Jr. Day should expect large crowds, long lines at entrance stations and shuttle bus stop areas, and full parking lots. As a reminder, the North Rim of the park is still closed and will open May 15th. Visitors traveling to the South Rim are encouraged to check weather and road conditions before traveling to the park by calling 928-638-7496.  

Visitors should also be aware of ongoing road construction projects in the park. All services and facilities are open and accessible but visitors should add a few minutes to their driving time and follow detour signs, flaggers, and temporary stop lights. 
Martin Luther King, Jr. day will be the first of four fee-free days this year. Those days include April 21 to celebrate the start of National Park Week, September 22 for National Public Lands Day and November 11 in honor of Veterans Day Weekend. During these dates, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free entrance to all visitors. 

Fee-free days give more families opportunities to visit national park sites and enjoy our country's historical, cultural and natural resources. In addition to fee free days, the Every Kid in a Park program provides all fourth grade student with a free annual pass to national park sites. Active duty military and citizens with a permanent disability also have free access to national park sites.

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. Those who plan to spend time in the park beyond January 15 will need to pay the regular entrance fee for the remainder of their stay.

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Last updated: February 26, 2018

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