Grand Canyon Becomes a National Forest

Creating Grand Canyon National Forest

Without the help of President Benjamin Harrison, Grand Canyon National Park may have slipped into the hands of private entrepreneurs during the late 19th and early 20th century. Harrison was determined to create Grand Canyon National Park in 1882 while serving as a Senator, but each time he presented a bill it was rejected. In 1893, while Harrison was President, he used his powers to set aside Grand Canyon as a national forest. Though still unable to get the support of Congress to create a National Park, Harrison's actions played a pivotal role in starting the process of Grand Canyon becoming recognized by the government as a special place and ultimately becoming a National Park.


Grand Canyon View

How the Grand Canyon Became a National Park

The Canyon's natural beauty was under attack from developers, miners and ranchers. Jan 11, 1908, Roosevelt stopped them by establishing a national monument.

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Grand Canyon Becomes a National Park

Woodrow Wilson Signs Grand Canyon Park into Law

Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter going over blueprints for one of her buildings in the Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon Throughout Time

Travel back in time with a history lesson on the Grand Canyon

3D Map of Deaths in the Grand Canyon by Kenneth Field and Damien Saunder

770 Deaths in the Grand Canyon Mapped

Inspired by the book, Over the Edge: Death in Grand Canyon, Kenneth Field and Damien Saunder created a map of more than 770 unfortunate events.

Marble Canyon

Grand Canyon Saved from Flooding

Until January 20, 1969 the Grand Canyon was not fully safe from flooding and becoming another major man made lake in Arizona.

Lees Ferry - Mile 0 for rafting in the Grand Canyon

Legendary Grand Canyon Boatman - Martin Litton

In the Grand Canyon, 296 miles of the Colorado River runs free, largely because of Martin Litton. He was a Grand Canyon river runner and environmental activist.

Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona

Places from the Past near Grand Canyon

Visit these parks on your way to Grand Canyon.

An artist's impression of United Airlines Flight 718 colliding with TWA Flight 2. Wikimedia Commons by anonymous author.

1956 Grand Canyon Airplane Crash

A mid-air collision occurred on June 30, 1956 when a United Airlines Douglas DC-7 struck a Trans World Airlines Lockheed L-1049 Super Constellation over the Grand Canyon in Arizona

Sunset at Bright Angel Point on the North Rim. Photo by Whit Richardson

How Old is the Grand Canyon?

Study by the Univ. of CO and the CA Institute of Technology aims to debunk previous research that the canyon is only five to 6 million years old.