Administrative History of Grand Canyon National Park
Although first afforded Federal protection in 1893 as a Forest Reserve and later as a National Monument, Grand Canyon did not achieve National Park status until 1919, three years after the creation of the National Park Service. Today Grand Canyon National Park receives close to five million visitors each year - a far cry from the annual visitation of 44,173 which the park received in 1919.
To learn more, see an Administrative History of Grand Canyon National Park
Copyright © 2000 by Grand Canyon Association. All rights reserved. Monograph Number 11 - Polishing the jewel : An Adminstrative History of Grand Canyon National Park by Michael F. Anderson. Published by Grand Canyon Conservancy.
1882 First unsuccessful attempt to establish a Grand Canyon National Park.
1893 Designated a "forest reserve" by President Benjamin Harrison (Presidential Proclamation #45)
1908 Established as Grand Canyon National Monument by President Theodore Roosevelt (Presidential Proclamation #794)
1919 Designation of Grand Canyon National Park by an act of Congress on February 26 (40 Stat 1175).
1975 Grand Canyon National Park Enlargement Act an act of Congress on January 3 (88 Stat 2089) (Public Law 93-620)
1979 Designation as a World Heritage Site on October 26.