YOSEMITE – The first free-admission day to Yosemite National Park this year is on Monday, Jan. 16, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. In honor of the day, the United States Department of the Interior has declared all entrance fees for all public lands be waived.
Yosemite has experienced an abundance of snowfall already this year throughout the park. The floor of the Valley is blanketed in snow and Yosemite Falls, Bridalveil Fall, Vernal Fall and other waterfalls in the Valley are flowing like crazy due to the recent precipitation.
Fees being waived for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day include the fees associated withy is an American federal holiday marking the birthday of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around King’s birthday, January 15.
Visitors coming to the park over the weekend, and on the fee free day, are urged to be aware of snow and ice on the roadway, and that chain restrictions apply at this time on all roads within the park.
For updated weather and road information please call, 209-372-0200.
Yosemite National Park welcomes over four million visitors from all over the world each year and serves as a strong economic engine for the region and local communities. Yosemite National Park generates $535 million in economic benefit to the local region and directly supports 6,261. The park is home to Yosemite Falls, the tallest waterfall in North America, and iconic rock formations including Half Dome and El Capitan. The park also features approximately 90 different species of mammals and over 1,500 species of flowering plants.