April 4, 2014
Grand Canyon, Ariz. – Go wild for the history, nature, trails, and archeology of Grand Canyon National Park during National Park Week, April 19 through 27, 2014. To get the celebration going, Grand Canyon National Park will waive entrance fees on April 19 and 20.
The park will begin Earth Day celebrations on Saturday, April 19 with a free screening of the award-winning, environmental film Watershed. Produced and narrated by Robert Redford, the film tells the story of the threats to the once-mighty Colorado River; the film will be shown at 7:30 p.m. at the Shrine of the Ages. On Sunday April 20 the park will host an open-house style celebration from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center Plaza. Join park rangers, Green Team members, park partners, and various organizations and businesses from throughout northern Arizona in a “green” celebration full of unique and interactive activities related to water and the environment and all nature has to offer at Grand Canyon National Park! Look for other fun park activities throughout the weekend, including litter clean-up projects. All of the weekend’s activities are family friendly and free of charge.
Grand Canyon National Park’s 2014 Earth Day celebration is a collaborative effort between the National Park Service; Xanterra South Rim, L.L.C.; Grand Canyon Railway; Delaware North Companies; Bright Angel Bicycles; and the park’s cooperating association and fundraising partner, Grand Canyon Association.
Park visitors are reminded that 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 the Interagency Senior and Annual Passes available for those who wish to purchase them. Visitors who plan to spend time in the park beyond April 20th will need to pay the regular entrance fee for the remainder of their stay. This year, additional fee-free days will occur in honor of the National Park Service Birthday (August 25), National Public Lands Day (September 27) and Veterans Day (November 11).
For more information on what there is to see and do in Grand Canyon National Park. Please visit the park’s website www.nps.gov/grca. For more on national park fee-free days, go to http://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm