Grand Canyon steams into its next 100 years

Grand Canyon Railway's steam train takes off from the Williams Depot in honor of Grand Canyon National Park's centennial celebration Feb. 26. (Loretta Yerian/WGCN)

Grand Canyon Railway's steam train takes off from the Williams Depot in honor of Grand Canyon National Park's centennial celebration Feb. 26. (Loretta Yerian/WGCN)

GRAND CANYON VILLAGE — One hundred years ago last month, President Woodrow Wilson signed the law designating Grand Canyon a national park. That first year, the park welcomed about 38,000 visitors, the majority of whom arrived by train. Today, more than 6 million visitors from around the world visit the canyon every year, and most of them arrive in motor vehicles.

The Grand Canyon is the second most visited national park after Great Smoky Mountains National Park, according to the National Park Service. Grand Canyon, like all national parks, is tasked with managing visitors while protecting the canyon for the enjoyment of generations to come.

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