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Grand Canyon National Park to Waive Entrance Fees on November 11

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Date: October 25, 2010
Contact: Shannan Marcak, 928-638-7958

Grand Canyon, Ariz. – Grand Canyon National Park will be joining national park units around the country as they waive entrance fees on Veterans Day in recognition of current and former servicemen and –women.

"From everyone in the National Park Service, I extend gratitude to all who have served in the U.S. armed forces and defended the people, freedoms, and resources of this country," said National Park Service (NPS) Director Jon Jarvis as he announced the fee-free day. "In honor of veterans, entry to the national parks, which preserve many of our nation's finest natural and cultural resources, will be free on Veterans Day, November 11. I invite everyone to take advantage of this opportunity and savor places that our veterans have kept safe for us."

Visitors and commercial tours that arrive at Grand Canyon National Park on Veterans Day, November 11, 2010, will be allowed free entry into the park. "User fees" such as backcountry permit fees, camping fees and fees for other activities offered in the park will not be waived. Regular entrance fees will be collected for any additional days spent in the park beyond Veteran's Day.

For more information about the waiving of fees at Grand Canyon National Park on Veteran's Day, please call 928-638-7951 or -7954. For information on NPS battlefields, military parks, and historic sites that commemorate the service of American veterans please visit the NPS web site at www.nps.gov/pub_aff/veterans/honor.htm.  For information on visiting Grand Canyon National Park, please visit the park's web site at www.nps.gov/grca, or call 928-638-7888.

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Did You Know?

THE INNER GORGE OF THE GRAND CANYON, 1200 feet (366m)

Within the Grand Canyon, the rugged, V-shaped Inner Gorge rises darkly from the Colorado River. The broad shelf above it is the Tonto Platform, which spreads like a green blanket across both sides of the canyon. The Inner Gorge achieves a depth of over 1200 feet (366m)