February 10, 2017
Grand Canyon, Ariz. –Grand Canyon National Park will join national park sites around the country with free entry into the park in honor of President’s Day Monday, February 20, 2017.
Visitors looking to visit Grand Canyon National Park during President’s Day and Spring Break should expect large crowds, long lines at entrance stations and shuttle bus stop areas, and full parking lots. As a reminder, Grand Canyon’s North Rim is still closed and will open May 15. Visitors traveling to the South Rim are encouraged to check weather and road conditions before traveling to the park by calling 928-638-7496.
South Rim Village and Desert View park staff invite visitors to participate in daily ranger programs at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center, Yavapai Geology Museum, Verkamps Visitor Center, Kolb Studio or Desert View Watchtower and Tusayan Museum. On Saturday, February 18 and Sunday, February 19 from 9 am to 4 pm at the Desert View Watchtower, Hualapai artists Bennett Wakayuta and Richard Powskey will use traditional materials and techniques to create drums, woven baskets and cradleboards. Grand Canyon visitors are also encouraged to explore Arizona’s 22 national parks and monuments located throughout the state.
Fee free days for 2017 include April 15-16 and April 22-23 during National Park Week, August 25 to celebrate the National Park Service’s birthday, September 30 for National Public Lands Day and November 11-12 in honor of Veterans Day Weekend. During these dates, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free entrance to all visitors.
Fee-free days give more families opportunities to visit national park sites and enjoy our country’s historical, cultural and natural resources. In addition to fee free days, the Every Kid in a Park program provides any fourth grade student with a free annual pass to national park sites. Active duty military and citizens with a permanent disability also have free access to national park sites.
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. Those who plan to spend time in the park beyond February 20 will need to pay the regular entrance fee for the remainder of their stay. Park entrance stations will have Interagency Senior and Annual Passes available for those who wish to purchase them.
For additional information about NPS fee-free days, visit https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/fee-free-parks.htm.
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