• Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument

    Sunset Crater Volcano

    National Monument Arizona

100 Years, 100 Miles

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Date: February 8, 2012

 100 Years, 100 Miles:

Flagstaff Area National Monuments

Celebrates Arizona's Centennial, 1912-2012

with a Fee Free Day and Special Event

 

FLAGSTAFF, ARIZONA - The National Park Service congratulates the great state of Arizona on 100 remarkable years of statehood. Celebrate Arizona's 100th year as the 48th state with the National Park System of Arizona and the Flagstaff Area National Monuments. Bring your family and friends to one or more of Flagstaff's National Monuments - Walnut Canyon, Sunset Crater Volcano and Wupatki on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 to commemorate this monumental event.

The Flagstaff Area National Monuments staff is actively celebrating this special event by carrying the Arizona state flag 100 miles on the Walnut Canyon Rim Trail, Walnut Canyon Island Trail, the Sunset Crater Lava Flow Trail and the Wupatki Pueblo Trail! Help us reach our goal by walking one mile or more on February 14, 2012. This is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and experience the natural and cultural resources of the monuments, while wishing the 48th state a happy 100th.

With your help, we will walk a mile for each year Arizona has been a state. To be part of this special event, please sign up by calling (928) 526-3367. All ages are welcome. Come take the Arizona State flag for a walk!

Our park partner, the Western National Parks Association (WNPA), will also celebrate Arizona's Centennial by offering a 15% discount on all products at the monument bookstores on February 14, 2012.

In addition, these additional National Park System sites in Arizona will offer fee-free entry on Tuesday, February 14th: Casa Grande Ruins, Chiricahua, Montezuma Castle, Organ Pipe Cactus, Pipe Springs, Sunset Crater Volcano, Tonto, Tuzigoot, Walnut Canyon, and Wupatki National Monuments; Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest, and Saguaro National Parks; Tumacacori National Historical Park; and Glen Canyon and Lake Mead National Recreational Areas (only at Katherine's Landing, Arizona).

For more on visiting the Arizona National Parks System Units please go to: www.nps.gov/az. For more on Arizona's centennial celebrations, please visit: www.az100years.org, and for a calendar of centennial events, please go to: www.az100years.org/events/calendar-of-events/.

Did You Know?

Paricutin volcano erupting

When Paricutin erupted in Michoacan, Mexico in 1943, scientists flocked to the site. Observations and studies there have helped to explain the eruption of Sunset Crater Volcano in Arizona 900 years earlier.