Entry fees, Grand Canyon National Park
To enter the Grand Canyon National Park will cost you $20 for a one week pass. For $50, you can purchase a National Parks Pass which is good for one year and allows you entrance to any National Park in the country.
I think this is good value especially if you plan to visit other parks in the vicinity, like Bryce or Zion in southern Utah. If you live in the US or close to the border as I do, having the pass may encourage you to visit other National Parks near your hometown once you return from holiday.
The entrance fee for the park (south rim or north) is $20 per private vehicle (any number of people) or $10 for individual pedestrians or cyclists. Fees for passengers on commercial bus tours vary. The admission fee is good for 7 days and permits access to both the north and south rims.
A Golden Eagle Passport, which may be purchased at any National Park or monument, entitles the bearer and his or her companions (one vehicle) free admitance to the park. Golden Eagle Passports are $65 and are good for one calendar year from the date of purchase.
A National Parks Pass, which is good only at National Parks, not National Monuments or other sites, is available for $50 and is also good for one calendar year from the date of purchase.
United States residents aged 62 years or older may purchase a Golden Age Passport for $10 which grants them free admission for life to all National Parks and Monuments.
A Golden Access Passport may be obtained by any United States resident who posseses a permanent physical, mental or sensory impairment. A Golden Access Passport provides the same benefits as the Golden Age Passport.
If you plan to be a frequent visitor to National Parks in the course of a year, the National Park Pass can be a great purchase. I bought mine in March in Rocky Mountain National Park ($20). Since then it has paid for itself at least two times. The pass is $50 and can be used at any of the National Parks, National Monuments and National Recreation Areas.
Upon purchase you will sign the back. Each card can accommodate two signatories. Although we were told that we would need to show ID each time we use it, ID has actually only been requested once in 8 uses so far.
As of May 1, 2006, entrance to the Grand Canyon National Park is $25 per car.
As with all US National Parks, there is an entrance fee to Grand Canyon National Park. I only got a day pass when I was here, oh-so-long-ago, But most of the time when I visited a National Park we would have purchased the now discontinued National Parks Pass,( Which if you bought one in 2006 will still be honored for 1 year from the date you received it) The NPS have since introduced a new system. The "America the Beautiful" Passes. These will replace the traditional pass, the Golden Eagle, Golden Age and Golden Access passes. The new standard pass is $80, which is $30 more expensive then the pass we bought but does allow access into the areas that were only formerly available with the Golden Eagle pass (which at $15 more that the regular pass was still $15 cheaper than this new one) Ah but time marches on and prices keep going up, what can you do? It's still more than worth it to support the parks. You can of course still buy a weekly pass to each park, which is $15 per vehicle, $7 if you are on foot or bike.
Check out the NPS website for more details on ALL passes.