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MAMMOTH CAVE, KY—Mammoth Cave National Park Superintendent Patrick Reed announced today that the Park will offer free Mammoth Passage cave tours on January 15, 16 and 17 as part of the National Park Service’s “fee-free days” for 2011 – an effort to encourage Americans to get out and experience their National Park areas.
These first fee free days of 2011 are centered on the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday."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, visitors can literally walk in Dr. King's footsteps," said Superintendent Reed. "They are just a few of the dozens of national parks, including Mammoth Cave, which trace the history of African Americans."
Remarking on the NPS fee-free offerings, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, said, "Many people have made resolutions to spend more quality time with loved ones and to get outdoors and unplug in 2011. 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.
On January 15-17, the free guided Mammoth Passage tours will depart from the Visitor Center each day at 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30; the tour is limited to 40 people. The ¾-mile, 1¼ hour Mammoth Passage Tour requires a walk down and up the hill below the Visitor Center, as well as 68 steps at the Historic Entrance.Visitors must pick up their free tickets at visitor center ticket office prior to tour times.
Camping fees and fees for other tours of Mammoth Cave will not be waived on these days. The Park does not charge a general entrance fee.The 394 units of the National Park Service care for special places saved by the American people so that all may experience our heritage. For more information, log on to www.nps.gov.
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