February 1, 2012
Sherry Plowman, 602-794-3810
Phoenix, Arizona - In honor of the historic event of Arizona's Centennial, the National Park System of Arizona will offer fee-free entry on Tuesday, February 14th, at all the following sites: Casa Grande Ruins, Chiricahua, Montezuma Castle, Organ Pipe Cactus, Pipe Springs, Sunset Crater Volcano, Tonto, Tuzigoot, Walnut Canyon, and Wupatki National Monuments; Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest, and Saguaro National Parks; Tumacacori National Historical Park; and Glen Canyon and Lake Mead National Recreational Areas (only at Katherine's Landing, Arizona).
In addition, those sites that do not require entrance fees are also joining in the Centennial celebration. These sites are: Canyon de Chelly, Coronado, Grand Canyon - Parashant, and Navajo National Monuments; Coronado National Memorial; and Fort Bowie and Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Sites.
Visitors who arrive on the anniversary of Arizona's statehood will be allowed to enter free of charge. Those who plan to spend time beyond February 14th will need to pay the regular entrance fee for the remainder of their stay. 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.
The National Park Service congratulates the great state of Arizona on 100 remarkable years of statehood. We are honored to be a participant at the "Arizona Best Fest" on February 11th and 12th at the state capital in Phoenix, along with events individually scheduled on February 14th at each of our park units that echo the past and present themes of the celebration---Arizona's social, cultural, economic and natural resources on which a sustainable future depends.
For more on visiting the Arizona National Parks System Units please go to: www.nps.gov/az. For more on Arizona's centennial celebrations, please visit: www.az100years.org, and for a calendar of centennial events, please go to: www.az100years.org/events/calendar-of-events/.