Fee-free weekend coming up

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. -This Saturday and Sunday, Grand Canyon National Park will join national park units across the country in waiving entrance fees for all park visitors.

Visitors who arrive on Saturday or Sunday will be allowed to enter and visit the park free of charge. Those whose plans include additional days in the park, will need to pay the regular entrance fee for the remainder of their stay.

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.In addition to free admission to the park, Grand Canyon visitors who come during the Fatherís Day weekend will have the opportunity to take advantage of specials being offered by park concessioners.

Xanterra South Rim will offer an All American Dessert special in their three rim-side restaurants - El Tovar, the Arizona Room and the Bright Angel Lodge Dining Room - and their retail outlets will offer a special price on custom-designed fleece blankets with a purchase of $50 or more.

At the Grand Canyon Market, this is National Iced Tea Month, and fee-free weekend will be celebrated with iced tea specials. A voucher for $5 off any purchase is also available on-line at www.ParkSpecialOffers.com from the Market Place's parent company, Delaware North. On the North Rim, Forever Resorts will be handing out free reusable eco-friendly shopping bags all weekend; and on Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., they will be helping visitors commemorate their visits with free digital photos.

This is the first of three fee-free weekends to be held this summer. The next will be the weekend of July 18-19; and in August, fee-free weekend will be celebrated Aug. 15-16.

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