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PAGE, Ariz. (AP) -- The federal Bureau of Reclamation says it will be charging for tours of the massive Glen Canyon Dam near the Arizona-Utah border.

The dam on the Colorado River and its huge hydroelectric power plant draw more than 350,000 visitors a year, and entrance to the visitor center and optional one-hour tours have been free.

But starting Jan. 5, the guided tours will cost $5 for adults, with lower fees for seniors, children, members of the military and school groups. The new fees formally announced on Wednesday will help offset increased costs. Admission to the visitor center will remain free.

The power plant's generators put out more than 1,300 megawatts, roughly enough to power 1.3 million average homes.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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