Arches National Park, photos courtesy NPS - Kait Thomas, discovermoab.com.
Got plans with the fam for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day? If not, plan a trip to Arches and Canyonlands National Parks with the kids. While any day would be great for getting the kids off the X-Box and into Southern Utah's stunning landscape, on Jan. 20, you won't pay any fees.
Fee Free Days enable visitors to take advantage of both parks, near Moab, in one day.
Keep visitor center hours in mind when you make your visit. Arches' is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., while the Island in the Sky Visitor Center and the Needles Visitor Center at Canyonlands will be closed until March 4, 2014.
Other fee free days include Presidents' Day Weekend, Feb. 15–17; the first weekend of National Park Week, April 19–20; the National Park Service Birthday, Aug. 25; National Public Lands Day, Sept. 27; and Veterans Days, Nov. 11.
Backcountry use of the Canyonlands Districts require permits from Central Reservations, located at 2282 S. West Resource Blvd., Moab. Fees for camping, tours, special use permits and programs at both parks wills still be required.
If you can't make it on a free fee day, or you just want to get in again, go for the Southeast Utah Group Annual Pass for $25. The SEUG pass enables visitors to enter Arches and Canyonlands, along with Hovenweep and Bridges National Monuments any day for the whole year. Pick them up at the Arches entrance station.