Entrance fees will be waived at Grand Canyon National Park on Sunday, August 25, 2013 to celebrate National Park Service’s 97th birthday.
Visitors to the South Rim Grand Canyon are invited to make a stop at Mather Point and learn about the National Park Service, which goes beyond Grand Canyon. Between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., park employees will be available to explain to visitors how to use the trip planning guide and other fun online opportunities on the park’s website. Come by and explore new sights, plan a few exciting Grand Canyon tours, or even your next Grand Canyon vacation.
The park’s official non-profit partner, Grand Canyon Association, will also have a booth set up at Mather Point between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., which will allow visitors to learn more about Grand Canyon Association (GCA) and hear about the programs and the many fantastic Grand Canyon things to do.
In celebration of Founder’s Day, visitors can also print a 20% off coupon to use at any of Xanterra gift shops, as well as an additional coupon for a free chocolate chip cookie with the purchase of a meal at select Xanterra dining locations.
On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the National Park Service Organic Act that created the National Park Service and mandated the agency “to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and wildlife therein, and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.”
The U.S. was the first country in the world to consider its most important places as national parks so that they could be enjoyed by everyone. Today, the National Park Service cares for 401 sites nationwide.