Protesters decry fee on road leading to Skywalk

FLAGSTAFF, AZ (AP) - Tourists heading to the Grand Canyon Skywalk have driven through Nigel Turner's ranch for years.

Up until this past weekend, they haven't had to pay a fee to cross his stretch of land.

The decision by Turner to set up a checkpoint and start charging $20 per person has infuriated the tribe that operates the Skywalk and some tourists. They've been protesting this week, saying the fee is unethical and akin to highway robbery.

Turner says he's acting well within his rights.

He says the easement granted to the federal government to allow public access on his property has expired. Federal officials say the right of way purchased from Turner in settling a court case he filed is perpetual.

The two sides are set to meet in mediation Thursday.

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