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. Colorado National Monument 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 

  • A Critical Location: A discussion on the Dark Sky Coop at Colorado National Monument

    Visitors lining up for evening Astronomy Programs

    Colorado National Monument hosts multi-agency and community meeting to discuss the formation of a Dark Sky Cooperative. The purpose of the cooperative is: To perpetuate starry night skies by establishing America's first Dark Sky Cooperative. This voluntary effort will link communities, tribes, businesses, state agencies, federal agencies, and citizens in a collaborative effort to celebrate the view of the cosmos and minimize the impact of outdoor lighting. Read more

  • New exhibits and wayside signs breathe new life into Colorado National Monument

    Visitors enjoying the new exhibits in Saddlehorn Visitor Center.

    New exhibits at Saddlehorn Visitor Center and new wayside signs along Rim Rock Drive have really spruced things up at Colorado National Monument. More colorful, more interactive, accuracy and accessibility were important components of the exhibit design and of the new waysides along Rim Rock Drive. A future project is in the planning stages to allow visitors to interact at each wayside with their smart phones or tablets. Read more

  • Breaking Barriers: Bringing Students to Colorado National Monument

    Yellow school buses full of students were rolling into Colorado National Monument all spring and fall. Within the past year 82 buses from Mesa County Valley School District received transportation scholarships funded by grants from the National Park Foundation and the local Grand Junction Junior Service League. Over 3,700 students were able to attend ranger-guided field trips to learn first-hand about weathering and erosion, fossils, animal adaptations, and more. Read more

  • COLM adopts a local 2nd grade class at Dual Immersion Academy(DIA) to meet goal #15.

    DIA 2nd Graders hiking down the historic Serpents Trail in Colorado National Monument.

    The park embarked on the first year of this four-year project by adopting the 2nd graders at the Dual Immersion Academy (DIA) as their graduating class. The fifty students involved in the program will visit the park four times a year and participate in Ranger-led classroom activities each month for the next four years. As fifth graders, they will “graduate” during the NPS centennial year in 2016. Read more

  • Tween Extreme – Movie Makers at Colorado National Monument

    Tween movie makers

    Summer of 2012, 6th-8th graders (also known as Tweens) had the opportunity to explore and learn more about Colorado National Monument. The tweens made short digital movies to share what they learned. In partnership with the City of Grand Junction’s Parks and Recreation STARS Tween Extreme Camp and Colorado Mesa University, students had a chance to go on weekly hikes at the monument to capture photos and shoot and edit videos. Read more

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