U.S Department of Interior
National Park Service
 
Grand Canyon National Park
P.O Box 129
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023

Office of Communications
Contact:
Kirby-Lynn Shedlowski | 928-638-7958
Emily Davis | 928-638-7609
Grand Canyon News Release 
For Immediate Release 
January 8, 2018
Contact: Office of Communications, 928-638-7779
Grand Canyon National Park to Waive Entrance Fees on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
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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 22for 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.
For more information about NPS fee-free days, visit https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/fee-free-parks.htm.

For additional information about visiting Grand Canyon National Park please visit, https://www.nps.gov/grca/index.htm.
 
 
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Grand Canyon National Park, located in northern Arizona, encompasses 277 miles (446 km) of the Colorado River and adjacent uplands. One of the most spectacular examples of erosion anywhere in the world, Grand Canyon is unmatched in the incomparable vistas it offers visitors on the rim. Grand Canyon National Park is a World Heritage Site. The National Park Service cares for the special places saved by the American people so that all may experience our heritage. 
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Grand Canyon National Park, PO Box 129, Grand Canyon, AZ 86023