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Dispute simmers over road to Grand Canyon Skywalk

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MEADVIEW, Ariz. (AP) - On 1 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.

Hualapai Tribe Statement:
The Hualapai Tribe is disappointed that Mr. Turner has chosen to pursue these unethical -- and potentially illegal -- actions along Diamond Bar Road. Suddenly threatening to close a busy road on a holiday weekend and charge visitors a toll makes Mr. Turner appear mean-spirited and hurts tourism throughout Mohave County.
Taxpayers have already given Mr. Turner $750,000 as part of his 2008 settlement with the federal government and Mohave County. If Mr. Turner plans to contest the settlement terms, he should bring that issue back to a County judge and not punish thousands of visitors trying to enjoy the holiday with their families.
Grand Canyon West is open for business and we encourage visitors to join us this weekend, regardless of Mr. Turner's decision to victimize unsuspecting tourists.

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