Zion National Park

Zion National Park

Zion National Park Centennial Ceremony

July 13, 2009, 10:49 am

Originally established as Mukuntuweap National Monument by president William Taft in 1909, Zion National Park turns 100 on July 31, 2009. The park has been hosting programs throughout the spring to celebrate this significant milestone in park history. If you missed them, don’t fear—there are several commemorative events scheduled over the next several weeks.

            If you’re thinking about visiting Zion this summer, try to plan to be there on July 31 to participate in the many events planned for the centennial. In honor of a “Century of Sanctuary” there will be a 100th Anniversary Ceremony taking place in the Grotto Historic Building. The ceremony will include speakers and a rededication of the old Grotto Museum building. If you can’t make it for the centennial celebration, consider planning your trip around the Mt. Carmel Tunnel Walk on August 26. Usually open only to automotive traffic, the park is closing the road to cars and opening it to pedestrians. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. There are many more events and programs planned for the rest of the year so don’t miss your chance to go out and celebrate. For more information about the centennial, call or e-mail Karen Mayne, Centennial Program Coordinator at karen_s_mayne@nps.gov or 435 772-0210.

            If you prefer to be behind the scenes of some of these events contact Zion's Volunteer Coordinator, Adrienne Fitzgerald, at (435) 772-0184 or adrienne_fitzgerald@nps.gov. You will have the chance to make Zion’s 100th birthday one that visitors will always remember.

            During your stay don’t forget to buy your Zion postage stamp and the Zion Centennial License Plate. There are also Zion centennial products , from books to clothes to collectible item that you purchase to mark this wonderful occasion.