Photo Gallery: Celebrating the Centennial Year of the National Park Service

Posted On January 25, 2016 at 11:12 am by / Comments Off on Photo Gallery: Celebrating the Centennial Year of the National Park Service

By Michael Lanza

When the National Park Service turns 100 on Aug. 25, it will mark not just the diamond anniversary of what writer and historian Wallace Stegner famously called “the best idea we ever had”—it marks the evolution and growth of that idea from a handful of parks created in the early days to a system in many ways without parallel, that protects 52 million acres of mountain ranges, canyons, rivers, deserts, prairies, caves, islands, bays, fjords, badlands, natural arches, and seashores in 59 parks. Without that protection, these places that draw visitors from around the world would otherwise almost certainly have been exploited and destroyed.

After the designation of Yellowstone in 1872 (lead photo, above) as the world’s first national park, several more followed before the NPS was born in 1916, many of them now legendary names: Sequoia, Yosemite, Mount Rainier, Crater Lake, Glacier, Haleakalā, Hawaii Volcanoes, Wind Cave, Lassen Volcanic, Mesa Verde, Rocky Mountain. During the same time period, President Theodore Roosevelt proclaimed 18 national monuments (a number exceeded by only one president, Barack Obama, who has designated 19 monuments), many of which later became national parks, including Grand Canyon and Olympic.

Throughout 2016, The Big Outside will feature numerous stories about national parks to celebrate the National Park Service centennial, beginning with the photo gallery below of images from nearly all of the national parks I’ve visited (close to half of the 59, so I have more work to do), and some NPS-managed national monuments.

Read more about the Park Service’s history and how you can join its centennial celebration at http://ift.tt/1S5wqX9. Find a national park and more information about the NPS at nps.gov/findapark.

See the All National Parks Trips page for a menu of all stories about national parks adventures at The Big Outside, or click on the name of any park in the list below of some of my favorites for stories I’ve posted at this blog about that park.

Canyonlands National Park
Everglades National Park
Glacier National Park
Glacier Bay National Park
Grand Canyon National Park
Grand Teton National Park
Mount Rainier National Park
North Cascades National Park
Olympic National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park
Sequoia National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Yosemite National Park
Zion National Park

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Click directly to these stories for ideas for your next trip:

Photo Gallery: 10 Amazing National Park Adventures (and How to Pull Them Off)
5 Classic (Age-Appropriate) National Park Adventures For Families
Photo Gallery: 11 National Parks, One Year
10 Tips For Getting a Hard-to-Get National Park Backcountry Permit

Read about my National Outdoor Book Award-winning book, Before They’re Gone—A Family’s Quest to Explore America’s Most Endangered National Parks, which chronicles the year my family spent taking wilderness adventures in 11 parks threatened by climate change.

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Lower Yellowstone Falls, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River.
Teton Crest Trail, Grand Teton National Park.
General Sherman Tree, Sequoia National Park.
Royal Arch Loop, Grand Canyon National Park.
Angels Landing, Zion National Park.
Wonderland of Rocks, Joshua Tree National Park.
Big Springs in The Narrows, Zion National Park.
Tonto Trail at Horn Creek, Grand Canyon National Park.
Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne River, Yosemite National Park.
Chesler Park, Needles District, Canyonlands National Park.
Skyline Arch, Arches National Park.
Eagle Peak Trail view, Mount Rainier National Park.
Taylor Creek Trail, Zion National Park.
Clouds Rest, Yosemite National Park.
View from near Sunrise Point, Bryce Canyon National Park.
High Sierra Trail, Sequoia National Park.
Near Fruita Overlook, Capitol Reef National Park.
Rock climber atop The Incisor, City of Rocks National Reserve.
Phelps Lake, Grand Teton National Park.
Sol Duc Falls, Olympic National Park.
North Crater Trail, Craters of the Moon National Monument.
Great egret, Everglades National Park.
Mountain goat along Gunsight Pass Trail, Glacier National Park.
Emmons Glacier, Mount Rainier National Park.
Lamplugh Glacier, Glacier Bay National Park.
The Subway, Zion National Park.
Glenns Lake, Glacier National Park.
Above the Green River, Canyonlands National Park.
Ouzel Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park.
Southern Olympic coast, Olympic National Park.
Trail Crest, Mount Whitney, Sequoia National Park.
Great Sand Dunes National Park.
North Kaibab Trail, Grand Canyon National Park.
Sahale Glacier, North Cascades National Park.
Midway Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park.



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