Grand Canyon celebrates National Park Service’s 97th birthday with free admission

Grand Canyon National Park stock image, St. George News

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK – In celebration of the National Park Service’s 97th birthday, all 401 national parks across the country, including Grand Canyon National Park, will waive entrance fees on Sunday.

Founder’s Day is an excellent opportunity to learn more about national park sites that are just outside your back door, at no cost to your family.

Visitors to the South Rim are encouraged to stop by Mather Point and explore the NPS beyond Grand Canyon. Park staff will be on hand to show visitors how to use the trip planning feature and other virtual opportunities on the NPS website between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Stop by to explore new places, plan your next family vacation or begin a virtual vacation and “Experience Your America.”

Visitors planning to be at Grand Canyon on Founder’s Day can print a coupon for a 20 percent discount at any of Xanterra South Rim’s gift shops. A special treat for Founder’s Day also includes a coupon for a free chocolate chip cookie with the purchase of a meal at select Xanterra dining locations. More information on these and other offers can be found here.

The park’s official non-profit partner, the Grand Canyon Association, will also have a tent set up at Mather Point between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. During the day, visitors will be able to learn more about the association and hear about the programs and projects that it supports.

The NPS was established on Aug. 25, 1916, making the United States the first country in the world to protect its most significant places so that they could be enjoyed by all. Today, each of the 401 national parks are a unique and important part of the country’s collective identity. The mission of the NPS extends beyond parks into communities across the country, where they work with partners to help preserve local history and create recreational opportunities that revitalize neighborhoods and enhance citizens’ quality of life. For more on the NPS, visit

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