Arizona

May 25, 2013 5:10 PM by Associated Press

Dispute simmers over road to Grand Canyon Skywalk

MEADVIEW, Ariz. (AP) - On one of the busiest holiday weekends of the year, some travelers looking to get to the Grand Canyon's glass-bottom Skywalk will have to pay an extra fee to cross through a private ranch.

Land owner Nigel Turner tells The Associated Press it's his right as a property owner to charge what he calls an admission fee for visitors to cross a portion of the 168-square-mile Grand Canyon Ranch.

While the fee includes access to an hourly rodeo show and other ranch activities, the Hualapai Indian tribe - which operates the Skywalk - says the fee is unethical and potentially illegal.

The dispute involves the Diamond Bar Road and a new easement the tribe is working on paving.

Turner's staff began charging the $20 fee Saturday. A handful of tribal members planned to protest along the road.

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