Grand Canyon, National Parks to offer free entrance for Martin Luther King Jr. Day
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Grand Canyon, National Parks to offer free entrance for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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National Park Service officials have waived entrance fees to their parks around the country, including the Grand Canyon National Park in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Besides the Grand Canyon National Park, areas like Petrified Forest National Park, Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, Tonto National Monument, Walnut Canyon National Monument and Wupatki National Monument will all have their entrance fee waived. Additionally, any national parks around the country that are not already free will not be charging on Jan. 20.

Visitors traveling around northern Arizona are encouraged to check weather and road conditions before traveling to the park, according to a Grand Canyon National Park media release. At the Grand Canyon, park staff suggest visitors use shoe traction devices while visiting the rim trail and trekking poles if hiking into the canyon. Trails may be snow-packed and icy.

Highway 67, from Jacob Lake to the park’s North Rim, is closed unit May.

The January holiday is the first of five National Park Service fee-free days during 2020. Those days include:

  • April 18 for the first day of National Park Week,
  • Aug. 25 to celebrate the National Park Service’s birthday,
  • Sept. 26 for national Public Lands Day and
  • Nov. 11 in honor of Veterans Day.

The fee-free designation applies to entrance fees only and does not affect fees for camping, reservations, tours or the use of concessions. Those who plan to spend time in the park beyond Jan. 20 will need to pay regular entrance fee for the remainder of their stay.

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