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Free entry to Grand Canyon this Sunday

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Hikers descend South Kaibab Trail

Hikers descend South Kaibab Trail in Grand Canyon National Park. 

Grand Canyon National Park announced visitors would be able to gain entrance for free on August 25 in honor of the 103rd anniversary of the National Park Service’s creation, according to a media release.

Visitors who enter the park on August 25 will be allowed in free of charge. Those who stay longer than one day will need to pay the regular entrance fee for the remainder of their stay. The fee-free designation does not affect fees for camping, reservations, tours or use of concessions.

Park officials say visitors interested in visiting Grand Canyon during Founder's Day should expect large crowds, long lines at entrance stations, and full parking lots. If visitors choose to drive into the park, they should arrive by 9 a.m. to avoid the most crowded conditions.

Alternatively, the Tusayan Shuttle bus route is available at 20-minute intervals between 8 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. daily to and from Tusayan and the visitor center.

The next fee-free day will be September 28, in honor of National Public Lands Day.

For more information on more national parks in the area visit: nps.gov/orgs/1758/arizona-parks

Adrian Skabelund can be reached at the office at askabelund@azdailysun.com, by phone at (928) 556-2261 or on Twitter @AdrianSkabelund.

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