The Daily Courier
|Grand Canyon 'Active Trails' program returns|
|The Grand Canyon Active Trails program returns for a second year on April 25 in conjunction with fee-free National Park Week.|
The Grand Canyon Active Trails Team has 16 events planned for spring, summer and fall this year including walks, hikes and bike rides.
For details on the events, go to the Grand Canyon Active Trails Facebook page, or visit the website nps.gov/grca and type "active trails" in the search box, or call 928-638-7088.
The Active Trails program aims to encourage healthy physical activity and promote park use.
The Grand Canyon Association helps pay for the program.
The National Park Service invites visitors to enjoy, explore, and share America's national parks for free during National Park Week April 21-29.
Celebrating the theme "Picture Yourself in a National Park," visitors will be able to enjoy the beauty and wonder of 84 million acres of the world's most spectacular scenery, historic places, and cultural treasures for free.
Locally, all entry fees will be waived at both Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot national monuments in the Verde Valley.
"America's national parks have something for everyone," National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis said. "Take a break and experience something new, enjoy some fresh air, get some exercise, and see where history happened. And, since admission is free to all 397 parks, all week long, National Park Week is a great time to get up, get out, and explore a park."
National parks will mark the annual celebration with special events and activities.
Rangers at Montezuma Castle National Monument will host free children's activities from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. for National Junior Ranger Day on Saturday, April 28.
"This is our annual celebration of America's best idea - our national parks," said Neil Mulholland, president and CEO of the National Park Foundation. "We are proud to stand with our partners at the National Park Service and encourage people everywhere to enjoy, learn from, and support our nation's greatest treasures."
For more information, call Montezuma Castle National Monument at 928-567-3322, ext. 221.