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Grand Canyon to Waive Fees for Veterans on Veterans Day 2009

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Date: November 2, 2009
Contact: Shannan Marcak, 928-638-7958

Grand Canyon, AZ. – On Veteran’s Day, Wednesday, November 11, 2009, all military veterans and current members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families will be admitted to Grand Canyon National Park free of charge.

Veterans Day is dedicated to those who have protected this nation and its people, both in years past and today.  In appreciation of their service and sacrifice, military personnel, both active and retired, and their families who visit Grand Canyon National Park on Veterans Day will have their entrance fees waived for the day.  Free entry for veterans and active military personnel will be available at both the North and South Rims of the park.  (It is expected that limited visitor services will still be available on the North Rim on November 11.)                                                     

“User fees” such as backcountry permit fees, camping fees and fees for other activities offered in the park will not be waived, nor will commercial tour entrance fees.  Regular entrance fees will be collected for any additional days spent in the park beyond Veteran’s Day.

In 2006, the National Park Service (NPS) began commemorating Veteran’s Day at all NPS sites with a fee-free day forthe brave members of the United States Armed Forces who have answered the call to serve our Nation.

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 National Park Service (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?

COLORADO RIVER AT THE BOTTOM OF GRAND CANYON

From Yavapai Point on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, the drop to the Colorado River below is 4,600 feet (1,400 m). The elevation at river level is 2,450 feet (750 m) above sea level. Without the Colorado River, a perennial river in a desert environment, the Grand Canyon would not exist.