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Contact: Public Affairs Office, 307.739.3393
Grand Teton National Park-along with the 397 units of the national park system-will waive entrance fees during the coming Martin Luther King holiday weekend (January 14-16) as part of a nationwide initiative to encourage families and individuals to visit and experience the many natural, cultural and historic wonders of their national parks across America. The entry fee for a private, non-commercial vehicle to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks normally costs $25 for seven days.
Besides waiving entrance fees during this coming January weekend, Grand Teton will also allow free entry on 14 additional days throughout 2012. The other fee free dates for the year include:
- April 21 to 29 (National Park Week)
- June 9 (Get Outdoors Day)
- September 29 (National Public Lands Day)
- November 10 to 12 (Veterans Day weekend)
Weekend visitors to Grand Teton can enjoy winter activities from cross-country skiing, skate skiing and snowshoeing to wildlife viewing and scenic photography. A popular winter trail that spans the unplowed Teton Park Road from Taggart Lake parking area to Signal Mountain Lodge was last groomed on December 22, 2011; however, it will not be groomed again until additional snow accumulates to allow for safe operation of the groomer.
In addition to skiing, photography and wildlife watching, ranger-led snowshoe hikes take place each day at 1:30 p.m. from the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center. Previous experience is not necessary and snowshoes are provided for a requested donation of $5 for adults and $2 for children 8 years or older. Reservations are required and can be made at 307.739.3399.
For a complete list of wintertime ranger-led activities and programs, please refer to the park's newspaper, Teewinot, online at www.nps.gov/grte, or call the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center at 307.739.3399.