Parks offer free entry for Martin Luther King weekend
January 10, 2012
Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, along with the 397 units of the national park system—will waive entrance fees during the coming Martin Luther King holiday weekend (January 14-16) as part of a nationwide initiative to
encourage families and individuals to visit and experience the many natural, cultural and historic wonders of their national parks across America. A seven-day pass to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks is normally $25 for a private, non-commercial vehicle.
Other fee free dates for 2012 are:
• April 21 to 29 (National Park Week)
• June 9 (Get Outdoors Day)
• September 29 (National Public Lands Day)
• November 10 to 12 (Veterans Day weekend)
Weekend visitors to Grand Teton can enjoy winter activities from cross-country skiing, skate skiing and snowshoeing to wildlife viewing and scenic photography.
Access to the interior of Yellowstone during the winter months is restricted to guided snowmobile and snowcoach trips from the North, West, South and East entrances. At Old Faithful, the Old Faithful Snow Lodge and Cabins and the dining room, the Geyser Grill, the Bear Den Gift Shop and the Old Faithful Visitor Education Center are all open for the winter season. The road from the North Entrance at Gardiner, Montana, through Mammoth Hot Springs on to Cooke City, Montana, outside the park’s Northeast Entrance, is open to wheeled vehicle travel all year. At Mammoth Hot Springs, the hotel, dining room and gift shop, Yellowstone General Store, medical clinic, campground, post office, 24-hour gasoline pumps and the Albright Visitor Center are open all year.