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01.10.2013

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day marks the first free entrance park day of 2013
SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif., Jan. 10, 2013 — Wuksachi Lodge will celebrate Sequoia National Park’s black history when fee-free park days commence with Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. As in years past, more than 100 national parks that usually charge entrance fees will offer several free entrance days in 2013. In participation, Sequoia National Park will waive its entrance fees on the following dates:

  • January 21 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • April 22-26 - National Park Week
  • August 25 - National Park Service Birthday
  • September 28 - National Public Lands Day
  • November 9-11 - Veterans Day weekend
In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, park visitors may wish to explore the Buffalo Soldiers Scenic Route. This section of roadway was completed in 1903, when the park was patrolled by Buffalo Soldiers, members of an African-American regiment of the U. S. Army led by Captain Charles Young. Young, the third African-American to graduate from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, served in Sequoia as the first African-American superintendent of a national park. In 2003, a sequoia in Giant Forest was officially dedicated as the “Colonel Young Tree” in honor of Young, who helped make the world’s largest trees accessible to everyone. For more info about the route, visit www.sierranevadageotourism.org/. Search for keywords “Buffalo Soldiers Scenic Route.”

Access to the historic roadway in winter is limited to foot-traffic only and generally requires snowshoes or cross-country ski equipment, all of which can be rented at the Wuksachi Lodge.

Nestled in the heart of Sequoia, Wuksachi Lodge provides visitors with deluxe mountain accommodations and full-service dining at its signature restaurant The Peaks. Road trippers and trail blazers can enhance their in-park adventure by booking a stay at the panoramic Sequoia hotel or stopping in for breakfast, lunch or dinner (reservations recommended). Box lunches can also be ordered from the lodge a day in advance.

“Fee-free park days provide a great opportunity for everyone to experience the beauty and heritage of Sequoia National Park throughout the year,” said Brandy Frederich, interim general manager at Wuksachi Lodge, operated by Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts at Sequoia. “Like all national parks, Sequoia has its own unique history that represents a link between our nation’s past, present and future, and we always look forward to sharing that history with our guests.”

For more information, to make dining reservations or to book overnight accommodations at the Wuksachi Lodge, call 866-449-4902 or visit http://VisitSequoia.com.
About the Wuksachi Lodge
Located in the heart of Sequoia National Park on the western slope of the Central Sierra, the 102-room Wuksachi Lodge features a panoramic mountain setting, full-service restaurant, cocktail lounge, retail shop, and 1,320 square feet of dedicated meeting space. Furnishings reflect an upscale, natural decor highlighting native granite rock, oak, cedar, and hickory woods as well as modern guest amenities such as Internet access. The Wuksachi Lodge is operated by Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, one of the nation’s leading hospitality management companies, under contract with the National Park Service.

About Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts
Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts is a leading hospitality provider in Special PlacesSM, with hotel, retail, food service, recreation and transportation operations at historic and scenic properties in North America and Australia. The company operates Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and in Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Sequoia and Yosemite national parks, including The Ahwahnee and other Yosemite lodges; Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite & the Cottages at Tenaya Lodge; Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa in British Columbia; Niagara Falls State Park; The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake in Ohio; Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga; Holiday Inn West Yellowstone, Gray Wolf Inn & Suites and Yellowstone Park Hotel. The company also owns and operates five luxury resorts in Australia: Lizard Island Resort, Heron Island Resort, Wilson Island Resort, Kings Canyon Resort and El Questro Homestead and Wilderness Park. To learn more about Delaware North Companies' hospitality management expertise, visit www.experiencednc.com
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