Today the Grand Canyon celebrates 100 years since it’s official designation as a national park! The World Heritage Site is a spectacular marvel that millions come to behold year after year. Its immense size, never-ending beauty, and awe-inspiring atmosphere are unlike anything in the world. Today, we celebrate the past 100 years the national park has been open!
About Grand Canyon National Park
Grand Canyon National Park spans across over 1,900 square miles, which just so happens to be bigger than the state of Rhode Island! The Grand Canyon itself measures 277 miles long, 18 miles wide, and one mile deep. One of the most fascinating facts about the Grand Canyon is that it was naturally carved by the Colorado River over millions of years. It’s rich in geological features and fossils, so it’s no surprise it’s one of the most studied landscapes in the world.
The History of the Park
The Grand Canyon officially became a national park on February 26, 1919. Before then, it was a reserve and national monument. According to the US Department of the Interior, “President Theodore Roosevelt first visited the Grand Canyon in 1903 and was deeply moved by the unique landscape. In 1906, Roosevelt signed a bill that proclaimed the area the Grand Canyon Game Reserve, and two years later, he made it a national monument. Of the Grand Canyon, he said, “Leave it as it is. You cannot improve on it. The ages have been at work on it, and man can only mar it.”” The Grand Canyon is now one of the most visited national parks in the United States, with approximately 6 million visitors every year.
Learn more about the remarkable history of the Grand Canyon here:
The Beauty of the Park
Photo Courtesy: We Love Weather member Richardlhay
Photo Courtesy: We Love Weather member Janzuini
Of course pictures can’t really do it justice, but just look at how amazing this natural wonder is! If it’s this beautiful in photos, you know it’s one hundred times more breathtaking in person.
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