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Contact: Dave Reynolds, 360-565-2985
Olympic National Park will join other National Park Service sites throughout the country by offering ‘fee-free days’ January 15-17 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday.
"We are pleased to invite the public to join us this weekend as part of the nationwide observance of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy," said Park Superintendent Karen Gustin.
Over the holiday weekend, the Olympic National Park Visitor Center will screen a 30-minute video program entitled "A New Time, A New Voice," about the life and work of Rev. King. The program will be shown at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. January 15-17 with additional viewings available upon request. The visitor center is located at 3002 Mount Angeles Road in Port Angeles and is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Most park roads and facilities are scheduled to be open this holiday weekend, including Hurricane Ridge.
Hurricane Ridge Road is scheduled to open daily at 9 a.m., weather permitting. Road status and current conditions are available by calling the park’s recorded information line at (360) 565-3131 or by visiting the park’s Current Conditions web page.
The park’s Twitter feed serves as an additional tool for visitors to get the latest Hurricane Ridge information. Road status, conditions and other useful information are also available by following www.twitter.com/hrwinteraccess. Users can also sign up to receive these updates as text messages to their cell phones.
The Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center, snack bar and ski shop will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, January 14 through Monday, January 17 during the holiday weekend. Rope tows operated by the Hurricane Ridge Winter Sports Club are scheduled to be running Saturday, January 15 through Monday, January 17.
Local visitors are encouraged to carpool if possible, as parking at Hurricane Ridge is limited to 200 vehicles. Minor delays are possible at the Heart O’ the Hills entrance station if the parking lot is full.
A Hurricane Ridge shuttle runs twice daily Wednesday through Sunday plus Monday holidays from two downtown Port Angeles locations. More information is available at the Olympic Peninsula Visitors’ Bureau website at www.olympicpeninsula.org. Interested riders are encouraged to call ahead to reserve seats.
Additional information about visiting Olympic National Park, including the park's snow-free Pacific coast, temperate rainforest, and many lowland trails is available at the park website.