2016 marks the Centennial of the National Parks Service(NPS) and throughout the year, NPS will engage in a broad public campaign called “Find Your Park” to reintroduce national parks, monuments, recreation areas and historical sites to a new generation of Americans. Parks100 is a newly founded committee of over 25 organizations in what is known as the “Grand Circle” region of Arizona, Nevada and Utah, that has joined forces to celebrate the National Park Service’s centennial in a new way.
The committee has created a community, locally and online through http://www.Parks100.com, to help visitors explore the Grand Circle area and find all types of parks, as well as local centennial events, suggested itineraries, educational resources, visitor centers and hidden gems.
Realizing the potential of a Grand Circle partnership with the Centennial celebration, several tourism organizations established the group as a way to raise awareness on the unique and beautiful location of the region. Maria Twitchell, Cedar City/Brian Head Tourism Bureau executive director is the chair and committee members consist of representatives from Bryce, Zion and Great Basin National Park, Cedar Breaks, Parashant and Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, Utah State Parks, the Bureau of Land Management, Dixie National Forest, Southern Utah University and local tourism bureaus including Iron, Garfield, Washington, Kane and Page, Arizona.
“With the theme of “Find Your Park”, the Centennial is all about making connections with outdoor places and celebrating the unique bond communities have with the special places preserved within the national park system.” said Maria Twitchell “Nowhere else in the world is there an area surrounded by so many outstanding, national parks, monuments, state parks and recreation areas than here in the Grand Circle region. The Centennial presented us with a unique opportunity to collaborate as an area, to inspire visitors to explore more parks and celebrate our hidden gems.”
The national parks in the area continue to draw millions of visitors from around the world each year; the surreal scenery and extraordinary events are unforgettable. In the shadow of these parks are hidden treasures, amazing opportunities for adventure and a completely new world to explore.
Parks 100 is a website, print and social media campaign that will help travelers in the “Grand Circle” area of Arizona, Nevada and Utah to not only experience the popular national parks, but to encourage them to venture out of the well-traveled zone and Explore Five More® parks and outdoor recreation areas. There will also be several Centennial celebrations and special events taking place throughout the region that visitors will be encouraged to attend.