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Grand Canyon admission free Sunday as National Park Service turns 103

(Flickr Photo/Grand Canyon National Park)

PHOENIX – The National Park Service is another year older, and Grand Canyon visitors are getting a gift.

Grand Canyon admission will be free Sunday to celebrate Founder’s Day, as the National Park Service turns 103.

Fees will remain in place for camping, reservations, tours and concessions, and charges will resume for anybody staying at the park beyond Sunday.

Founder’s Day visitors should expect large crowds and long lines at entrance stations. Anybody driving into the park is advised to get there before 9 a.m.

To bypass the backups, try the shuttle bus to the Grand Canyon Visitor Center from the nearby community of Tusayan. Shuttles run every 20 minutes from 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily and have four pickup points in Tusayan, about 20 minutes from the park.

If you can’t make it to this month’s free event, Grand Canyon admission fee will be waived again Sept. 28 to honor National Public Lands Day.

The Grand Canyon celebrated its 100th anniversary as a national park in February and is commemorating the milestone with events throughout the year.

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