BLM, NPS waive fees for MLK Day


The Bureau of Land Management Las Cruces District will waive entrance fees for visitors to its recreation sites Jan. 16, in recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. This designated Fee-Free day is one of only six days this year when national parks and other public lands managed by BLM will waive fees.

Fee sites affected within the district include the Three Rivers Petroglyph Site; Aguirre Spring Recreation Area and Campground; and Dripping Springs Natural Area.

Site standard amenity and individual day-use fees will be waived at these recreation sites and areas. Other costs, such as overnight camping and group day use will remain in effect.

Additional 2023 Fee-Free dates:

  • Feb. 20 - President's Day;
  • Jun. 19 - Juneteenth National Independence Day;
  • Aug. 4 - Great American Outdoors Day;
  • Sept. 30 - National Public Lands Day; and

Nov. 11 - Veterans Day

In addition, MLK Day is also a free-fee at National Park Service sites, such as nearby White Sands National Park and Carlsbad Caverns.

Here are the additional fee-free NPS days in 2023:

        April 22: First day of National Park Week

August 4: Anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act

September 23: National Public Lands Day

November 11: Veterans Day