GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. On Monday the National Park Service celebrated their 98th birthday, and the Colorado National Monument celebrated here in Colorado with a free admission day for all visitors.
On August 25, 1916 President Woodrow Wilson signed the legislation creating the National Park Service; there were only 37 national parks at the time.
The Colorado National Monument was one of the original 37 parks, being established in 1911.
Shannon Stroeve who visits the park regularly said she was excited to be able to celebrate the 98th birthday by visiting the National Monument.
“I think it’s fabulous, I think it’s great to get whether it’s local people or people from out of town just get to see this park and get to have it for free for the day and get them outside and enjoy this beautiful area that we have,” said Stroeve.
The National Park Service employs more than 20,000 employees across the United States at 401 national parks.