Admission to the Grand Canyon is free on April 20. The National Park Service says the fee-free day is in celebration of Earth Day during National Parks Week.
Special activities are planned at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center Plaza on the South Rim between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The theme of this year’s Earth Day celebration is sustainability. Activities include a scavenger hunt, and an interpretive demonstration of the Grand Canyon Railway Steam Engine. Additionally, guests can pick up some carrots and apples to share with the park’s famous mule team at the Mule Barn in the historic village, or catch a live leather-work demonstration and play muleshoe pitch to win prizes.
The fee-free designation does not affect fees for camping, reservations, tours or use of concessions. Park entrance stations will have Interagency Senior and Annual Passes available. Those who plan to spend time in the park beyond April 20 will need to pay regular entrance fee for the remainder of their stay. The next fee-free days will be Aug. 25 for National Park Service Founder’s Day, Sept. 28 for National Public Lands Day, and Nov. 11 in honor of Veterans Day.