The world’s first national park turns 143 today.
On March 1, 1872, President Ulysses S. Grant signed a congressional act setting aside a “certain tract of land lying near the headwaters of the Yellowstone River” to be preserved as a “public park or pleasuring ground for the benefit and enjoyment of the people.”
There are now 59 national parks in the United States, and over 6,500 worldwide – go enjoy them!
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- 07.22.21 : Explored a secret little permit-only area of Vermillion Cliffs National Monumenr. No, it’s not “The Wave” but it’s similar and we were the only people to be found for miles around, so it was even better.07.21.21 : Hiked 10 miles round trip down the North Kaibab Trail to Roaring Springs. The 3,300 feet of elevation gain in the heat was tough, but it’s an incredible trail. This is the Redwall Bridge about 2.8 miles and 2,100 feet down from the rim.07.20.21 : Saw some crazy rain and thunderstorm action while at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Second pic was later that evening with clear skies.07.18.21 : The Zion Canyon Narrows hike was even cooler than anticipated. We hiked nearly 4 miles up the canyon through water ranging from ankle to waist deep.07.17.21 : Zion Canyon viewed from Observation Point. We got there via the 3.5-mile East Mesa Trail from the east edge of the park. Angel’s Landing is the point at the center right.07.17.21 : Thor’s Hammer viewed from the Navajo Loop trail at Bryce Canyon.