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All 397 national parks across the country will offer free admission from Jan. 14 through 16 to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

There’s something for everyone at a national park, even in the middle of winter. Choices include snow shoe hikes, canoe trips, campfire programs, film festivals, battle reenactments, and music jams. It is also a great time of year to view wildlife such as bison in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming or grey whales at Point Reyes National Seashore in California. A list of activities can be found at www.nps.gov.

The National Park Service will also waive admission fees on 14 other days in 2012 – National Park Week (April 21 to 29), Get Outdoors Day (June 9), National Public Lands Day (Sept. 29), and the weekend of Veterans Day (Nov. 10 to 12).

Last-minute travelers to Yellowstone National Park can thank the heavy early-spring snowfall for a wide choice of campsites now. The lingering snow in Yellowstone National Park and the surrounding area has resulted in a slow start to the camping season, higher-than-normal cancellations and plenty of availability.

Xanterra Parks & Resorts, operator of five Yellowstone campgrounds offering advance reservations, reports drops in both occupancy and reservations.

“The good news is recent warm temperatures and generally drier weather patterns have resulted in snow-free and dry campgrounds while contributing to green meadows, a rush of wildflowers and great wildlife viewing opportunities,” said Rick Hoeninghausen, director of sales and marketing for Xanterra.

Fishing Bridge RV Park is designed for hard-sided units only with a maximum length of 40 feet. Rates at Fishing Bridge RV Park are $28 per night for campsites without electric hook-ups and $38 per night for campsites with electric hook-ups. All Fishing Bridge RV sites include water and sewer hookups. Rates are $20 per night for the other campgrounds.

Campsites can be reserved online at www.YellowstoneNationalParkLodges.com or by calling toll-free 1-866-GEYSERLAND (1-866-439-7375) or 1-307-344-7311.

National Park Service regulations require camping equipment to fit in designated sites. When making a reservation, online visitors must book a site that will accommodate their camping equipment.

RVers must book a campsite that will accommodate the total combined length of their vehicle and camping equipment. Campers must be prepared to give the size of their RV and any tow or towed vehicle separately.

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Montana — Yellowstone National Park officials proposed adding a second entrance near the Roosevelt Arch to help abate traffic congestion at the popular landmark.

The historic stone archway at the park’s northern entrance near Gardiner is a popular place for visitors to stop for photos.

The proposal released Thursday calls for a new access road that will let visitors avoid the line of vehicles under the arch. It would also expand parking and add new pedestrian walkways in downtown Gardiner just outside of the entrance.

The National Park Service is taking public comment on the plan until Aug. 13. The proposal is open for public review and can be found online at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/yell.

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