Roosevelt, an avid hunter, wanted to keep the area pristine for future generations so he declared portions of the Grand Canyon a federal game reserve. The Grand Canyon achieved National Park status in 1919, three years after President Woodrow Wilson created the National Park Service.
Grand Canyon National Park received about 44,000 visitors when it first opened in 1919.
The first Europeans to reach the Grand Canyon were Spanish explorers in the 1540s.
President Benjamin Harris first protected the Grand Canyon in 1893 as a forest reserve, and it became an official United States National Park in 1919.
Today, tourists to Grand Canyon National Park can trace the canyon’s geologic history on the Trail of Time, an interpretive exhibit on the park’s South Rim.
Archaeologists have discovered ruins and artifacts from inhabitants dating back nearly 12,000 years.
In 1975, the Havasupai regained a large portion of their land from the federal government after influential newspapers including the took up their cause.The Grand Canyon is located in northern Arizona, northwest of the city of Flagstaff.The canyon measures over 270 miles long, up to 18 miles wide and a mile deep, making it one of the biggest canyons in the world.This natural landmark formed about five to six million years as erosion from the Colorado River cut a deep channel through layers of rock.The Grand Canyon contains some of the oldest exposed rock on Earth.