Celebrating 100 Years of U.S. National Parks

Swiftcurrent Lake - Many Glacier, Glacier National ParkSwiftcurrent Lake – Many Glacier, Glacier National Park

Today marks the Centennial of our National Park Service and entry to our National Parks is free from August 24 through August 28 so that we can all enjoy the celebration.

We’re inviting you to our 100th birthday party!

Denali National Park - Polychrome PassDenali National Park – Polychrome Pass

There are parks all over the country and this map helps you Find Your Park. The National Park Service uses over 20 different titles for the park units it manages, including national park and national monument.

Road through Capitol Reef National ParkRoad through Capitol Reef National Park

Utah alone has 13 units in the National Parks Service including Parks, Monuments, Recreation Areas, Historic Sites and Historic Trails. Hopefully, with the majority of Utahns supporting it, there will be another called Bear Ears National Monument.

Bryce Canyon National Park panoramic viewBryce Canyon National Park panoramic view

These public lands are our lands and should remain that way in perpetuity. For our children’s children and for the world to see.

I love our National Parks.

Happy Birthday National Park Service!

Life is good.


P.S., check out today’s Google Doodle in honor of the Centennial.


  1. Elephant's Child August 25, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    I hope that National Parks celebrate their Bi-Centennary. And more.

  2. Jane Chesebrough August 25, 2016 at 11:31 am

    Absolutely beautiful images.Perfect representations of the grandeur of the National Parks. May they always be there for the generations to come.

  3. M. Bruce August 25, 2016 at 10:44 am

    As Ken Burns said, “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea”.

    • Utahbooklover August 25, 2016 at 2:29 pm

      Ken Burns is a great film maker but it was writer and historian Wallace Stegner called national parks “the best idea we ever had. Absolutely American, absolutely democratic, they reflect us at our best rather than our worst.”

  4. Utahbooklover August 25, 2016 at 10:29 am

    Beautiful images. As Terry Tempest Williams writes in her new book (The Hour of Land) “After spending a lifetime immersed in our national parks, I believe we are slowly learning what it means to offer our reverence and respect to the closest thing we have to sacred lands.”

  5. Patty Chadwick August 25, 2016 at 9:18 am

    Your state has some of the most beautiful parks in the nation…I love them all and hope they are all protected from ignorant and the greedy forever….

  6. Neil Rossmiller August 25, 2016 at 7:35 am

    Happy birthday to a wonderful decision to protect the Family Jewels. I hope everyone takes the time to experience some of them, or even just one of them, in their lifetime. The pride I feel for our country boils to the surface every time I experience one and reaffirms how GREAT this country is.

  7. Bob McPherson August 25, 2016 at 7:11 am

    Beautiful photos Mia.

  8. Liz Cormack August 25, 2016 at 6:45 am

    Breathtaking scenery!

  9. Laura Culley August 25, 2016 at 6:25 am

    Thank you so much Mia. Our national parks are incredible places, filled with sheer majestic beauty from sea to shining sea. I encourage everybody to explore OUR national parks, both near and far, and experience their outrageous wonderfulness. At this time in our history, our public lands are under attack from those who would destroy them for profit and we must all guard against that EVER happening. Teddy Roosevelt had it right! We NEED wild places.

  10. pennypinchadventure Tim Traver August 25, 2016 at 5:37 am

    A big beautiful day in our nation’s history! Time to celebrate and then get back to work and do more to protect our lands and waters.

    • Frances Ruth Harris August 25, 2016 at 5:49 am

      Yes! Thank you, Mia!

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