Have you ever wanted to visit the Grand Canyon, but haven’t had a chance to do so? It just so happens that this year is the 100th year anniversary of the Grand Canyon’s establishment as a national park of the United States of America. The national park has gone on to become one of the greatest wonders of the world.
There are events remaining this year for celebrating the 100th year anniversary. So, at least one of these events would be a great chance for you to plan a trip to the Grand Canyon this year. Here are the events that are happening at the national park during the remainder of the year.
About the Grand Canyon National Park
Before we move on to these events, let me first introduce you to the Grand Canyon National Park. The Grand Canyon National Park is a sweeping national park located in the northwestern part of the U.S. state of Arizona. The central feature of the national park is the Grand Canyon which is a gorge of the Colorado River that snakes its way through the national park.
There are actually two entrances to the Grand Canyon National Park. These are the South Rim and the North Rim. Even though they are both well worth the visit, the South Rim is the most accessible way for a wide range of visitors to visit the Grand Canyon National Park. Due to the vast size of the national park and the ruggedness of the area, traveling between the two entrances takes approximately four and a half hours by car.
Grand Canyon Village is the main settlement at the national park. the settlement is located at the South Rim of the national park. This is where a concentration of hotels, restaurants, and stores are located.
So, now lets move on to the events happening during the remainder of this year to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Grand Canyon National Park.
Grand Canyon Lecture Series: Discovery, Exploration and the Grand Canyon
This is an event that will take place on September 13th, 2019 at 7pm at Northern Arizona University’s Cline Library in Flagstaff, Arizona. This event will be presented by Craig Childs. He will be discussing ways that one can go about discovering and exploring the Grand Canyon. This event will be open and free to the public.
11th Annual Celebration of Art
This annual celebration of art will happen from September 7th to 15th, 2019 at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park. This event is aimed at those of you who are interested in all pieces of art that are inspired by the Grand Canyon. You will also have an opportunity to meet with the artists who are responsible for those pieces of art. This event is also intended to serve as a fundraiser in order to benefit an art venue that is located at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park.
National Park Service Fee Free Day
This one is obivous. You will be able to visit the Grand Canyon National Park for free. That is provided that you are able and willing to visit on a specific date. This event will happen on September 28th, 2019. This is being done in celebration of National Public Lands Day. So, if you are able and willing to, head over and soak in the gorgeous beauty of the Grand Canyon National Park for free on September 28th, 2019!
This is the event in which United States citizenships are awarded to those who have applied and worked their way through the process of becoming a citizen of the United States of America. If you, yourself, have been awarded the citizenship or you simply want to participate in the cermony, then this event is for you.
This will happen on September 28th, 2019 at 10am at the Mather Point Amphitheater at the Grand Canyon National Park. This cermony is being hosted by the Phoenix field office of the United States Citizenship and Immigation Services. This cermony will be free and open to the public.
National Fossil Day
This is the event to be if you are interested in learning about and celebrating the paleontological resources that are found throughout the Grand Canyon. This will happen on September 28th, 2019 in various locations throughout Grand Canyon Village, Arizona. There will be family activites and much more during the event.
A Motivation to Plan A Trip
There they are. These are the events that are happening during the remainder of this year in celebration of the Grand Canyon’s 100th year anniversary as a national park of the United States of America. If you are looking for a reason to visit this year, then perhaps one or more of these events will motivate you to plan a trip to the Grand Canyon and soak in its gorgeous beauty.
How to Get to the Grand Canyon
If you are looking to reach the Grand Canyon by air, Phoenix and Las Vegas are the two closest major airports to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park.
If you are flying into Phoenix, take Interstate Highway 17 until you reach Interstate Highway 40 in Flagstaff, Arizona. Once you reach Interstate Highway 40, head west on Interstate Highway 40 until you reach State Highway 64 in Williams, Arizona. Then head north on State Highway 64 until you reach Grand Canyon Village. You will have reached the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park.
From Las Vegas
For these of you who are planning to fly into Las Vegas, head south on U.S. Highway 93 and continue until you reach Interstate Highway 40 in Kingman, Arizona. Turn and head east on Interstate Highway 40 until you reach State Highway 64 in Williams, Arizona. Turn and head north on State Highway 64 until you eventually arrive in Grand Canyon Village. Once there, you will have reached the South Rim of the national park.
What are your thoughts? Does any of these events motivate you to visit the Grand Canyon National Park? Feel free to leave a comment here.