Park, forest to waive fees<br>as part of national effort

Grand Canyon National Park and Kaibab National Forest are participating in a fee-free day Saturday. Visitors to the park and forest will see certain fees waived as part of National Public Lands Day.

Grand Canyon National Park and Kaibab National Forest will be waiving certain fees on Saturday as part of National Public Lands Day.

“I hope that visitors will take advantage of the fee-free day and take the opportunity to see what we’ve been able to accomplish at the campground through the recreation fee demonstration project,” Tusayan Ranger District ranger Rick Stahn said. “I think they will be impressed with the new, attractive facilities here.”

Kaibab National Forest is eager to show off improvements to Ten-X Campground, which is located four miles south of Tusayan.

For years, Ten-X has been operated as a recreation fee demonstration project, allowing camping fees collected there to be used for maintenance and improvement projects. Construction continues in a few parts of the campground, but the majority of it remains open.

Grand Canyon National Park is taking part in the interagency fee-free day as well. In previous years, the park had waived fees on Aug. 25, which is Founder’s Day.

The park will be waiving entrance fees and commercial tour fees for National Public Lands Day, which is usually celebrated the last Saturday in September but was moved up this year.

User fees, such as backcountry permits, camping fees and fees for other activities offered in the park will not be waived.

Free entry passes issued Saturday to commercial tour operators will be valid only for that individual tour. Free entry passes issued to single visit entries issued on that day, will be valid for seven days on both the North and South rims, so visitors are reminded to hold on to their receipts.

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