National Parks Centennial Celebration

National Parks Centennial Celebration

16 Jan, 2016
 
Celebrate National Parks Service Centennial with a National Park Tour of the Four Corners Region
 
Farmington, New Mexico is a destination known for its scenic beauty and variety of outdoor activities. It is also the basecamp of the Four Corners Region, which is home to six fascinating National Park Service sites.
 
“As the National Park Service celebrates their one hundredth year, we encourage everyone to explore the wonderful gems of National Parks around them,” said Tonya Stinson, Executive Director of Farmington Convention and Visitors Bureau. “National parks are a treasure, and there’s no better way to celebrate the centennial than to visit six NPS sites in a single vacation.”
 
Farmington sits at the heart of a region rich with national parks, historic sites, monuments, and trails, while still having all of the amenities of a larger city, making it the ideal hub for visitors to the area.
 
The Four Corners Region is home to the following National Park Service sites:
 
Aztec Ruins National Monument
Explore culture and history at the Aztec Ruins. Follow the migration journey of ancient Pueblo people, and immerse yourself in their culture by exploring the 900-year old ancestral Pueblo Great House with over 400 masonry rooms and original timbers still supporting the roof.
 
Chaco Culture National Historical Park
Take part in guided tours, evening campfire talks, night sky programs, or hike and bike through a preserved slice of history at Chaco Canyon, where you can explore ancestral Pueblo dwellings dating back to between 850 and 1250 A.D.
 
Mesa Verde National Park
Step back in time and tour an archaeological preserve known for its concentration of cliff dwellings.
 
Hovenweep National Monument
Home to the ruins of six Ancestral Puebloan (Anasazi) communities, the fascinating Hovenweep National Monument stretches from the Utah and Colorado border, and is a must-see for all history buffs and nature lovers.
 
Canyon de Chelly National Monument
Set in the heart of Navajo Nation, the longest continually inhabited canyons of the Colorado Plateau have been home to over five thousand years of Navajo families, dwellings, and farms.
 
Natural Bridges National Monument
As the name implies, this natural gem showcases three natural bridges (Kachina, Owachomo, and Sipapu—named for the Native Americans who once resided in the area). These breathtaking sites can be viewed from an overlook or by hiking the trails and getting a closer view, eyeing the magnificent formations from below.
 
“Farmington offers affordable lodging options, as well as all of the dining, recreation, shopping, culture, entertainment and sightseeing needs to make a well-rounded vacation, but most importantly for this centennial year, it offers easy access to six incredible parks locations,” added Stinson. “Nature lovers and active families who have been looking for a memorable getaway can get the entire experience of the national parks in Farmington in 2016.”
 
For those looking to expand their national park tour into other parts of the state, New Mexico is home to 19 National Park Service sites, monuments, trails, historical parks, preserves, and heritage areas. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/state/nm/index.htm
 
For more information on parks, events and attractions in Farmington, NM, visit FarmingtonNM.org.
 
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Author: Ingrid
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