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Free entry to national parks on Monday

SANTA FE, N.M. — On Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, visitors can enter Bandelier National Monument, as well as other national parks and monuments throughout the United States, free of charge.

Monday’s holiday is the first of nine days in 2014 when all National Park Service sites will open their gates to visitors without charging entrance fees.

The other days are: Feb. 15-17, Presidents Day weekend; April 15-17, the first weekend of National Park Week; Aug. 25, Founders Day, the birthday of the National Park Service; Sept. 27, Public Lands Day; and Nov. 11, Veterans Day.

Fee-free day waivers apply to entrance fees, commercial entrance fees and transportation entrance fees only. Other fees such as camping, tours and concession fees are not waived.

The standard entrance fee to Bandelier is $12 per vehicle and is good for seven days. The $80 annual America the Beautiful pass provides entrance to all national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests and many other Federal lands. Bandelier offers a $30 annual Bandelier Pass.