NPS Centennial

The National Park Service turned 100 on August 25, 2016, and the entire year was quite a celebration! Throughout 2016, hundreds of millions of you ventured out to Find Your Park-learning, discovering, getting inspired, or simply having fun in national parks. Thank you for joining us!

The Find Your Park party will continue in 2017 as we invite you to continue your own journey to discover national parks and public lands. Share your stories at (and and with #FindYourPark / #EncuentraTuParque on social media.

National parks across the system engaged in a variety of activities to prepare for and celebrate the centennial. Chaco Culture National Historical Park was a big part of this effort. Take a look at what we did and join us as the National Park Service enters a new century in 2017!


Call to Action Projects 

  • Kids Find Their Park in Their Backyard

    Kids Kollege Scholars pose in front of the Chaco Culture entrance sign with Park Rangers.

    The Kids Kollege summer program for San Juan County has grown exponentially since its creation in 2013 and has introduced local children to the National Parks in their backyards. Read more

  • Pueblo-Maya Youth "Find Their Park" at Chaco Culture

    Pueblo-Maya youth stand atop the north mesa along the Pueblo Alto Trail

    Cultural exchange program aims to engage participants with the natural beauty and cultural heritage of ancestral sites. Read more

  • Sun Watching Traditions Continue in Chaco Canyon

    Crowd at Kin Kletso Observes the Solstice Sunrise

    Before sun-up on December 21 visitors, staff, and volunteers gathered at an 800 year old building to carry on longstanding tradition. Read more

  • 2015 Evening of Lights Illuminates History

    Ancestral Pueblo ruins illuminated by lantern-light

    The past glowed at Aztec Ruins National Monument during the annual Evening of Lights on December 10, 2015. A combination of LED lanterns, solar lights and luminarias welcomed visitors to experience the Aztec West great house in a different light. Read more

  • International Archeology Day at Aztec Ruins

    Kids show their park passes in front of ancestral Pueblo ruins.

    International Archeology Day had a big impact for ten fourth-grade classes in Aztec, NM. They experienced archeology while learning how to build pueblo-style masonry walls and adobe bricks. They helped the park's effort to combat invasive species by removing 1,744 tumbleweeds. They also exchanged their vouchers and received 198 "Every Kid in a Park" passes. This event is part of an active Education and Outreach Program at Aztec Ruins National Monument. Read more

A Call to Action Projects for Chaco Culture National Historical Park

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Nageezi, NM 87037


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