National Parks Offer More Than Nature

National Parks date back to 1872, so it might seem a little unusual that they’re celebrating their centennial this year. It’s because the agency that manages the parks—the U.S. National Park Service—wasn’t created until 1916. So who gets credit for creating the national parks? Congress established Yellowstone National Park in 1872, and it was President […]

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National Parks Service Designates 10 Parks as Historic Landmarks

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis recently announced the designation of 10 new national historic landmarks. The designation recognizes the properties as places that possess exceptional value and quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States. The 10 national historic landmarks announced are: […]

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Earthly Paradise: Zion National Park

When it comes to standing in awe of nature’s magnificence, it’s hard to beat the Grand Circle Tour—especially the northern arc that carves across southern Utah and encompasses Zion National Park at the western edge and Arches National Park to the east. In between are the natural wonders of Cedar Breaks National Monument, Bryce Canyon National Park, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Natural Bridges […]

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National Parks Service Centennial: 10 Great Bargains

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the National Parks Service. Reflecting on the tremendous value that America’s national parks represent, following are 10 great bargains available to national park visitors. Free Admission Days Each year, the National Park Service offers nine to 16 admission-free days for all visitors. The fee-free days include Martin Luther […]

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Celebrating 100 years of National Parks Service

Spider Rock, the unofficial symbol of Canyon de Chelly, is a sandstone obelisk that rises more than 800 feet from the canyon floor at the junction of Canyon de Chelly and Monument Canyon. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The National Parks Service turns 100 years old on Thursday. According to the National Parks Service, visitation reached an all-time high in 2015, with more than 307 million visitors. As the National Park Service celebrates its centennial this week, many of the parks nationwide have planned special festivals and programs to mark the anniversaries of […]

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