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ONP offers fee-free weekend

Olympic National Park joins other National Park Service sites in offering fee-free days Jan. 15-17 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.

The Olympic National Park Visitor Center will screen a 30-minute video program entitled “A New Time, A New Voice,” about King’s life and work at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Jan. 15-17 with additional screenings available upon request. The visitor center, 3002 Mount Angeles Road, Port Angeles, is open from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily.

Most park roads and facilities are scheduled to be open this holiday weekend, including Hurricane Ridge, which is scheduled to open daily at 9 a.m., weather permitting. Road status and current conditions are on a recording at 565-3131 or visit the park’s web page at nps.gov/olym/.

Road status, conditions and other useful information also are at www.twitter.com/hrwinteraccess. Users can sign up for text message updates to their cell phones.

The Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center, snack bar and ski shop will be open from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14, through Monday, Jan. 17. Rope tows operated by the Hurricane Ridge Winter Sports Club are scheduled to run Jan. 15-17.

Carpools are encouraged as parking at Hurricane Ridge is limited to 200 vehicles. Minor delays are possible if the lot is full.

A Hurricane Ridge shuttle runs twice daily Wednesday through Sunday, and Monday holidays, from two downtown Port Angeles locations.

More information is at the Olympic Peninsula Visitors’ Bureau website, www.olympicpeninsula.org. Call All Points Charters and Tours at 565-1139 to reserve seats.

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