As the National Park Service is celebrating its 100th years of establishment, visitors from other parts of the country and abroad will surely be flocking the national parks scattered throughout the United States. The most popular national park is Grand Canyon located in Arizona. If you are planning to take a trip to Grand Canyon, here are ways that you can fully enjoy your vacation without breaking bank!
- Purchase the America Beautiful Pass
The American Beautiful Pass is valid to be used for one full year. It’s an interagency pass that pays the usual fees that are assessed by the Forest Service and National Park Service.
If you are planning to visit the Grand Canyon at least twice a year and several other parks in other parts of the country, paying $80 for an America Beautiful Pass will be well worth it.
- Try to schedule your visit on a Fee-Free Day
In lieu of the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary, they have allotted 16 days for the year 2016 as fee-free days. This means that you can access all attractions of Grand Canyon National Park without spending a dime. Here are upcoming dates that are tagged as fee-free days:
August 16 to 24- National Park Week
August 25– 20 National Park 100th birthday
September 24th– National Public Lands Day
November 11- Veteran’s Day
If you are going to the Grand Canyon because it’s your birthday, don’t forget to tell them that you are celebrating. Present an ID and you can gain access to the park for free!
- Don’t forget to secure permits and reserve campground slots before hand
Securing permits a few weeks in advance will not only allow you sure access to certain attractions in the Grand Canyon, but can save you loads of cash too. It is more expensive if you are to secure a pass or permit on site. For instance, if you are planning to visit Havasu Falls, do not forget to reserve your slot for the campground a month before you vacation. Check out http://grandcanyonsecrets.com/, if you plan of taking South Rim Grand Canyon, for more details.