Flagstaff Area National Monuments Celebrate the 97th Birthday of the National Park Service
Contact: Cecilia Shields, 9285261157
Flagstaff Area National Monuments Celebrate the 97th Birthday of the
National Park Service
FLAGSTAFF, ARIZONA – On Sunday August 25th, come out to the Flagstaff Area National Monuments to celebrate the 97th birthday of the National Park Service. Walnut Canyon, Sunset Crater Volcano, and Wupatki National Monuments will all be celebrating this special day with interpretive programs and ranger-led Junior Ranger programs in the afternoon. In honor of the Park Service's birthday, NPS sites throughout the country will waive entrance fees on Sunday, August 25, 2013.
The National Park Service was established on August 25, 1916. The United States was the first country in the world to set aside its most significant places as national parks so that they could be enjoyed by all. Today, we care for 401 national parks throughout the country – each one an important part of our collective identity. Some parks commemorate notable people and achievements, others conserve magnificent landscapes and natural wonders, and all provide a place to have fun and learn something. Plan your visit at www.nps.gov/findapark.
All three monuments are open daily, except December 25, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Walnut Canyon National Monument is located 7.5 miles east of downtown Flagstaff via I-40 and can be reached at (928)526-3367 and on the web at www.nps.gov/waca.
Sunset Crater Volcano NM is located 12 miles north of Flagstaff via Hwy 89 and can be reached at (928)526-0502 and on the web at www.nps.gov/sucr.
Wupatki NM is 26 miles north of Flagstaff via Hwy 89, and can be reached at (928)679-2365 and on the web at www.nps.gov/wupa.
Did You Know?
The large pueblos preserved at Wupatki National Monument were constructed in the years following the eruption of nearby Sunset Crater, sometime between 1040 and 1100. Volcanic ash, deposited in thin layers, retained moisture and improved farming for an increased population at Wupatki.