Second to maybe visiting the nation's capital on a school field trip, or buying a gun at Walmart, a stop at the Grand Canyon is one of the most American things you could possibly do.
As of next year, though, it may get a little more expensive.
One of 115 national parks to propose increased admission fees, Arizona's Grand Canyon announced Friday that it plans to raise the cost of seven-day passes (which are good from one to seven days) from $12 to $15 for pedestrians and cyclists, and from $25 to $30 for vehicles; annual passes would go up an additional $10, to $60. The additional revenue would be used to fund park projects ahead of its centennial in 2016.
The public has 60 days to dispute the fee increase, and according to a memo penned by National Park Service Director, Jonathan Jarvis, "If there is significant public controversy, a park may choose not to implement... fees." However, a park "may phase in the new rates over three years, or delay the new rates until 2016 or 2017." So, there you go: your voice will be heard.