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On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow
Yellowstone Entrance Near Big Sky | Photo: D.Lennon
Wilson signed a bill that created the National Park Service. This brand new US government agency was created to "to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and wildlife therein, and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations." A lofty goal, but one that we can all respect and appreciate.
Today the National Park Service employs over 21,000 employees and countless volunteers. It manages 411 NPS units including national parks, monuments, battlefields, military parks, historical parks, historic sites, lakeshores, seashores, recreation areas, scenic rivers and trails, and even the White House. These sites host over 275 million visitors every year. The National Park Service is an amazing agency and deserves to be celebrated.
This summer marks the 100th anniversary of the creation of the NPS - and that means it's time to celebrate! Where will you celebrate the National Park Service Centennial? This is a once in a life time opportunity so take advantage of it. It's going to be a blast!
Sky sits just 15 miles north of the Park's NW boundary. We are less than an hour drive from the West entrance of Yellowstone National Park.
Just so you know... President Ulysses S. Grant create Yellowstone National Park on March 1, 1872. It actually predates the entire National Park Service! Yellowstone was the first national park in the United States and the first national park in the entire world. When the National Park Service was created in 1916, Yellowstone was a logical addition. It's administration was transferred from the US Army to the National Park Service in 1917.
Today Yellowstone spans 3,468.4 square miles throughout the states of Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho. It sees roughly 4 million visitors a year who flock from around the world to see the vast array of wildlife, the unique geological features, and the wild terrain of this amazing place.
Visit Big Sky and use our mountain town as your jumping off point for exploring Yellowstone. Big Sky features lodging, restaurants, activities, and everything else you need - without all of the crowds. After a day exploring the park on August 25, 2016 come back to Big Sky to celebrate as the sunsets behind Lone Mountain and listen to one of the FREE Music in the Mountains Concerts. The National Park Service Centennial event is going to be a day to remember!
Grand Canyon of The Yellowstone | Photo Credit: Glennis Idrenland
If you can't make it to Big Sky this summer, find a park near you and celebrate this monumental occasion in style.