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Saguaro Nat'l Park waiving entrance fees for MLK weekend

Visitors to Saguaro National Park can enter for free this weekend, as the cactus-studded park joins other national park units in honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The park will waive fees from Saturday through Monday, Jan. 14-16.

Visitors arriving in the park on any one of those three days will be allowed to enter free of charge. Those who plan to spend time in the park beyond Jan. 16 will need to pay the regular $10 entrance fee for the remainder of their stay.

"This is just one small way that we can honor the contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King to our nation by encouraging people to visit their national parks and what they mean to the fabric of America," said park Superintendent Darla Sidles in a press release.

In keeping with the tradition of MLK Day being a day of service, there will be a Weed Free Trails volunteer program orientation at the Tucson Mountain District on Saturday. The goal of this program is to monitor the Saguaro National Park trails network primarily through volunteer assistance. To learn more about the program, please call 733-5187.

Additional fee-free days in 2012 will include: April 21-29 (National Parks Week), June 9 (Get Outdoors Day), Sept. 29 (National Public Lands Day) and Nov. 10-12 (Veterans Day weekend.)

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