100 Years of the National Park Service

Today, the National Park Service celebrates 100 years of preserving natural resources for the enjoyment, education and inspiration of all. One of the most well-known national parks is right here in Arizona -- the Grand Canyon, which became a national park in 1919. In total, Arizona is home to 22 National Park Service resources, which include parks, monuments, trails, historic sites, and recreation areas.

If you are interested in learning more about the National Park Service, or the parks and monuments across the state, the Digital Arizona Library has a number of resources you can explore online.

Reading Arizona’s e-book anthology,  Arizona’s Major National Parks - a Historical Collection contains over 40 books about the Grand Canyon, Walnut Canyon, Canyon De Chelly, the Navajo Tribal Park and other Park Service sites.

Reading Arizona Anthology

The National Park Service has also partnered with the Arizona Memory Project to contribute historic photographs of Montezuma’s Castle National Monument and the Petrified Forest National Park.

Newspaper Rock image

Newspaper Rock,” October 1950, Petrified Forest Historic Photographs,
Petrified Forest National Park, National Park Service, Department of the Interior

 

Cliff dwelling image

“Cliff Dwelling at Montezuma Well” circa 1907,  Montezuma’s Castle Historic Photo Archive,
Petrified Forest National Park, National Park Service, Department of the Interior