In celebration of National Park Week, there is no better way to enjoy the wonder and beauty of our national parks than taking in the stunning landscapes and hidden gems and you can do it for free!
Although Earth Day is Monday, Saturday marks the first day of National Park Week. Grand Canyon National Park will join in the celebration of the 49th anniversary of Earth Day. The normal cost to enter the Grand Canyon is $35, but this Saturday, April 20th the entrance fees will be waived and you can take in nature’s beauty for free.
The South Rim of the Grand Canyon Visitor Center Plaza will be hosting free Earth Day activities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., including snacks and crafts.
Other events include a scavenger hunt, opportunities to feed the mule team, a Subaru vehicle exhibit, a leather-work demonstration and a steam engine demonstration.
Visitors will still be expected to cover fees for camping, reservations, tours and general concessions.
The park will host three more fee-free days this year on August 25, September 28 and November 11.
Other Arizona parks that are waiving their entrance fees are listed below. Please check with each park for operating hours and event schedules.
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Montezuma Castle National Monument
Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
Petrified Forest National Park
Pipe Spring National Monument
Saguaro National Park
Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument
Tonto National Monument
Tumacácori National Historical Park
Tuzigoot National Monument
Walnut Canyon National Monument
Wupatki National Monument
Click here for a list of other national parks participating.