This year, the National Park Service is celebrating its 100th anniversary. And it just so happens Wyoming is home to the very first National Park: Yellowstone. Plus, we have the first National Monument: Devils Tower. In total, the state boasts an impressive 25 National Historic Landmarks and 11 nationally recognized recreation areas, trails and monuments. (Check out the whole list here.) It goes without saying that this celebration is a pretty special one for our scenery. It also happens to be a good excuse for you to get out and enjoy all those national treasures. Think of this as your invitation to a 100th birthday party. All you have to bring is a passion for adventure.
Join the fun
Ready to join the celebration? Start by planning your own visit to any one of our national treasures. Here are a few events and ideas for inspiration:
• Every Kid in a Park – As part of the centennial celebration, 4th graders and their families get free admission to Wyoming’s 36 National Park Service sites, state parks and the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center.
• Treasures on the Big Screen – See Wyoming’s national treasures at a theatre near you in America Wild: A National Parks Adventure. Releasing February 2016.
• Lake Yellowstone Hotel 125th Anniversary – Book your stay early to join in the celebration at this Historical Landmark. The official festivities are set for May 13, 2016.
• Gardiner Gateway Project – This special project is a partnership between local, state and federal agencies to restore and enhance the original and only year-round entrance to Yellowstone. Visit the project website for additional information on updates, and public events to be held in August around the unveiling.
• Centennial Celebration – August 25, 2016 – Look for updates in our events calendar for happenings around the state.
Don’t forget to join the social conversation by using the #FindYourPark hashtag to track your adventures and follow others.