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Grand Canyon to Waive Entrance Fees on the First Day of Summer, June 21

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Date: June 14, 2011
Contact: Shannan Marcak, 928-638-7958

Grand Canyon, AZ. – On Tuesday, June 21, Grand Canyon National Park will be joining national park units around the country in welcoming summer with a fee-free day. The National Park Service will be waiving entrance fees on June 21, 2011.

Visitors who arrive on Tuesday, the 21st will be allowed to enter the park free of charge. Those who plan to spend time in the park beyond the 21st will need to pay the regular entrance fee for the remainder of their stay.

"The longest day of the year is the perfect time to take a short trip. Celebrate an extended Father's Day with Dad, the start of summer break with the kids, or a job well done with your favorite graduate," said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis of the June fee-free day.

Acting Superintendent Barclay Trimble encourages park visitors to think beyond the "day." "As it happens, this fee-free day is happening during the week of the Grand Canyon Star Party. So, I hope visitors will be thinking about more than just the daytime activities when they are contemplating their plans for this fee-free day."

Park visitors are reminded that the fee-free designation applies to entrance fees only and does not affect fees for camping, reservations, tours, or use of concessions. Park entrance stations will have Interagency Senior and Annual Passes available for those who wish to purchase them.

Additional fee-free days in 2011 will be National Public Lands Day (September 24) and Veteran's Day weekend (November 11 – 13.)

For more on what there is to see and do in Grand Canyon National Park, please visit the park's web site at www.nps.gov/grca.

-NPS-

Did You Know?

UNKAR DELTA IN GRAND CANYON

In Grand Canyon,one of the broad, sandy areas on the north bank of the Colorado River is Unkar Delta, composed of rock debris carried from the North Rim by Unkar Creek. Prehistoric Pueblo people occupied numerous sites on Unkar Delta and along Unkar Creek for about 350 years (A.D. 850 to A.D. 1200)