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Free Grand Canyon Entry on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

This January 19th, people of all walks of life all across America will be looking back and celebrating the lifetime achievements of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a pioneer and champion of equality who changed the world and created a brighter future for all of America.

Many of us will be taking the day off from school or work, and what better way to spend your day off than with a road trip to the Grand Canyon National Park, one of the most famous landmarks in our country? If you decide to bring the family down to the Grand Canyon on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, you’ll be able to enjoy free entry into the park and some of the park’s attractions.

That’s right! On Monday, January 19th, you’ll be able to visit the Grand Canyon National Park for free. Not all fees will be waived, but entrance fees, commercial tour entrance fees, and transportation fees will all be waived. Visitors will still need to pay for everything else the park offers, including camping, concessions, reservations, or guided tours. If you plan on staying the night or otherwise extending your stay beyond January 19th, you will be required to pay the regular entrance fee.

As always, be prepared for inclement weather and extreme weather conditions, especially around this time of the year. The Grand Canyon South Rim is the most popular tourist destination and the starting point of many Grand Canyon adventures, but be prepared for its high elevation and the possibility of infrastructure issues like closed roads or temporary suspension of shuttle services. Closures are unpredictable and can happen with little to no notice.

Can’t make it to the Grand Canyon National Park on the 19th? Feel free to stop by on one of the park’s other fee-free days! The Grand Canyon Park celebrates President’s Day weekend, National Parks week, the National Park Service’s birthday, National Public Lands Day, and Veterans Day by waiving all of the aforementioned fees. That means that you can visit the park for free on February 14th-16th, April 18th-19th, August 25th, September 26th, or November 11th!

For a more complete list of park events, closures, and fee-free days, visit the Grand Canyon National Park’s official website at

Are you planning on visiting the Grand Canyon on one of the park’s fee-free days? How will you be spending Martin Luther King Jr. Day? Let us know in the comments section below!