The Grand Canyon Celebrates 100 Years As A National Park

One hundred years ago last month, President Woodrow Wilson signed the law designating Grand Canyon a national park. That first year, the park welcomed about 38,000 visitors, the majority of whom arrived by train.

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Currently, more than 6 million visitors from around the world visit the canyon every year. Every Grand Canyon experience is its own grand adventure and in 2019 as the GC celebrates its 100th birthday!

Join canyoneers from around the world in celebrating Grand Canyon National Park's centennial anniversary with special events and programs. ASU, NAU, and Grand Canyon National Park have partnered to produce "100 Years of Grand" -a centennial project to showcase archival materials around the early years of Grand Canyon.

Human cultures and the canyon have been shaping each other for over 12,000 years. American Indians cared for, shared knowledge of and admired this special place. Grand Canyon’s original stewards and their stories are still here today. Desert View Cultural Demonstrators are members of Grand Canyon's 11 traditionally associated tribes. During a cultural demonstrator program, visitors can interact and learn about these cultures and their traditional crafts.

Check out their March events and more throughout the year on their website: 

Mapping the Grand Canyon 
February 28-March 1, 2019 | 8:00 AM
ASU | Tempe, AZ 
"Mapping Grand Canyon" is a full two-day program of map-based story-telling, transdisciplinary analysis, state-of-the-art geospatial and cartographic demonstrations, engaging hands-on activities, and open community dialogue. This event is free and open to all. For more information visit,

Tucson Symphony Present "Grand Canyon State"
March 2-3, 2019 | 4:00 PM, 2:00 PM 
Tucson Music Hall | Tucson, AZ
Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Grand Canyon National Park. The Tucson Symphony presents a spectacular film of Arizona’s greatest natural treasure played to Grofé’s brilliant score. For more information please visit,

Outreach Event: AZ Game and Fish Outdoor Expo
March 30-31 2019 
Ben Avery Shooting Range | Phoenix, AZ
Stop by the Grand Canyon National Park booth at the AZ Game and Fish Outdoor Expo to get park updates, trip planning, and general information about Grand Canyon. Meet with a Grand Canyon park ranger and plan your trip this centennial year!

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